2017 Bill Blythe $500.00 Educational Endowment Grant

    Sponsored by ISFA



    General Rules:

    1. This grant is available to any ISFA Active Member in good standing and their full time employees, (minimum of 30 hours per week), regardless of age.  Employers, employees, co-workers or family members of the grant evaluators are ineligible to apply.
    2. Each applicant must compile a letter of intent to include personal background, education, work experience, interest in the floral industry, and why you should be awarded this grant. The applicant must also provide two TYPED letter of recommendations from their employer or an professional industry individual in good standing.
    3. The applicants will then be called by three grant evaluators for a phone interview.
    4. The grant will be awarded during the Awards Ceremony.
    5. The recipient of the grant will receive a grant that must be used to attend a floral design class at accredited floral design school, college or university floriculture or horticulture classes, AIFD Symposium, ICPF Certification or ICPF Advanced Workshops. Receipts must be given to the ISFA treasurer upon completion of the schooling. The recipient MUST remain employed by an ISFA Active Member in good standing until completion of the grant or the grant will be forfeited.  If for any reason the recipient cannot utilize the grant, the first alternate will be awarded the grant. The grant must be used by March 31, 2018 or be forfeited.
    6. Application, letter of intent and reference letter MUST BE POSTMARKED by Feb. 25, 2017 or the contestant will not be eligible to apply.
    7. Each applicant is encouraged to have a full or conference registration to the Annual Floral Design Show and will be responsible for their personal ISFA conference expenses.



    Application: 2017 Bill Blythe Educational Endowment Grant



    ISFA Active Member’s Name: _____________________________________________________________________




    Daytime Phone Number_________________________________


    Evening Phone Number______________________________________


    Cell Number________________________________________________


    Contact Email________________________________________________


    Shop Name__________________________________________________



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    Adam Havrilla, ISFA Vice-President    Artistic Blooms      PO Box 3748  Chicago, Il. 60654       773.540.2173   

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    What is the Illinois State Florist Association Board?

    The Illinois State Florist Association (ISFA) is managed and under the administration of a Board of Directors comprised of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure and Regional Directors.  Board members are chosen from ISFA members in good standing.

    Why should You consider becoming a ISFA Board Member?

    Because of your commitment to education and as an ISFA member in good standing, the ISFA Executive Board and Board of Directors would like to invite you to consider becoming an ISFA Board Member.  By becoming an ISFA Board Member, you can enhance your career, enabling you to make a positive impact in our industry as well as grow personally.  As a member of the ISFA Board, you have the opportunity to gain insights and new knowledge about various aspects of our industry.  You have the opportunity to give back to the floral community by channeling your passion, commitment and motivation in a positive and productive way by assisting other floral professionals.

    Through your association with ISFA as a board member, you also are given opportunities to grow as a leader in the floral industry.  By being involvement in the ISFA’s decisions making process that reflect emerging issues, you will be working with like-minded people who are making choices that will affect the future betterment of our profession.  Your knowledge of current events in our industry will offer you the chance to develop your skill base in interpersonal communication, decision-making, problem-solving, team-building and time-management skills.  Furthermore, you will be able to expand your networks by making connections with other board members and other influential individuals in the floral community.

    What is ISFA Board Members Required to do?

    As a board member, you will be asked to:

    -attend six annual board meetings which are held in Springfield, Illinois,

    -sit on various committees

    -participate in the Annual Design Floral Show during the third weekend of March at Decatur, Illinois Conference Center


    How long is a ISFA Board Term of Commitment?

      Your term on the Board normally requires a three year commitment.

    Become an ISFA Board Member

    If you are interested in becoming an ISFA Board Member, please download the ISFA Board Member Application and return it to Julia Marie P. Schmitt AIFD, CFD, EMC, ICPF, Chair of Nominating and Human Resource Committee, at Pualeialii@hotmail.com and Adam Havrilla AIFD, CFD, ICPF, President of Illinois State Florists' Association