Georgia State Florist Association Scholarships
The Georgia State Florists’ Association (GSFA) is your source for keeping up to date in the floral industry. As professionals, it is our responsibility to learn of new products, new ideas, new trends, and how to make these a reality for our customers.
At the GSFA Annual Convention there are many programs including hands-on programs offered for a fraction of the cost of going to school. Also, during the convention there are three (3) major scholarships awarded to deserving members of the Association.
The purpose of GSFA scholarships is to educate florists so the quality of floral work in Georgia will continue to be some of the most outstanding professional work in the country.
These competitions for scholarships are open to all members of the Georgia State Florists’ Association. The rules and regulations are set forth by the scholarship committee and approved by the GSFA Board of Directors.
The Clarence Croy Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded for $1,000.00, to be used at any school of the recipient’s choice that is related to the floral industry. It must be used within the year it is received.
The Wholesalers Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded to be used at any design school or class related to the floral industry. It must be used within the year awarded.
The B.J. White Certification Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a member of the association desiring to receive the Georgia Master Florist Certificate. Complete GMF Tuition to all classes is awarded.
All forms and letters must be mailed to:
Judy Moon, Scholarship Chairman
2393 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 233-4446
Julian Bridges Educational Fund
The Georgia State Florist Association Board of Directors is proud to announce the implementation of the Julian Bridges Educational Fund. This fund is being set up to further the educational programs throughout the state. Areas in need of educational/design programs may contact GSFA to request assistance in educational as well as design instruction for their district or region. Many districts are in the reconstructive or reorganization phase, and this fund will allow us to enhance their pursuit of excellence through educational training. We need your help in setting up this fund.
We are honoring Julian Bridges as the namesake of this educational fund for his lifetime contributions to the floral industry. Julian Bridges AIFD began his own educational pursuit attending the University of Georgia where he received a B.Sc. Upon graduation, Julian taught Human Biology for six years before following his heart to become a florist, first working occasionally with Louise Simpson of Tifton Floral. He continued working with Red Dove and later purchased Tifton Floral on 12th and decided to move his business to Moultrie in 1954.
Julian relocated his business to its present landmark location in 1970. The facility, which also serves as home to Julian and Bill, is a monumental piece of history in the downtown Moultrie area. Julian went on to be one of the first Georgians to be inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design. Winning the Americas Cup for the state, Julian went on to place second in the region. Many awards and accomplishments could be listed but space will not permit.
Julian has continued his educational efforts through the years by instructing classes at ABAC, the University of Georgia Rural Development Center, and other classes throughout the state of Georgia. As a commentator, Julian will be seen often in his red sports coat giving instruction and definition to design shows and programs. He presently continues working at Julian Bridges Florist in Moultrie and serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Retail.
Please help us in implementing this fund for the educational advancement of floral design.
Thank you for your contribution!