Symposium 2020 | “Vision” | Chicago, IL

Intuition, Imagination and Illusion – Vision 2020  through Education

Focus on the Future – Bringing FFA to the AIFD Symposium

We are introducing you to an amazing opportunity that provides a chance to experience The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) National Symposium – Vision 2020.  This is a  program to develop “intuition, imagination and illusionfor the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Floriculture Student Members and FFA Instructors by experiencing the AIFD Symposium in Chicago in 2020.

This scholarship offers FFA Student Members and Instructors the opportunity to experience and learn from world-class floral designers. During their time at Symposium they will witness outstanding floral design programs, network with the floral industry’s leading Industry Partners, visit with AIFD Education Partners, and participate in practical education with hands on classes and take part in the AIFD Awards and Induction Night Dinner.  All together this experience will allow them to gain knowledge from both design and business classes and expose them to the educational value and tradition of AIFD.

FFA leadership together with the current AIFD leadership will work together to select the FFA student member teams who will participate in this experience. These FFA members will have demonstrated an interest in continuing a career in Floriculture or respective careers, who have participated in the floral design competition on the FFA national level, and have shown leadership in their FFA region and chapters. Instructors attending and participating as chaperones will be given the same opportunities to experience all the education and networking activities listed as well as make connections with other floral educators who can offer support to their teaching efforts.

The schedule of the three-day FFA/AIFD experience is below.

July 2 – July 5, 2020   * Hilton Towers Hotel  – Chicago, IL

By inviting FFA Student Members and Instructors to participate and witness the extraordinary dynamics of the AIFD Symposium we hope to encourage future growth in floral education, help students gain knowledge about floral related businesses, and create mentorships with AIFD members.

For more information about AIFD and our Symposium please visit:

If you have any questions – please contact either of us:


David Shover AIFD                                           Kim Oldis AIFD                   

AIFD National President Elect                     AIFD National Career Development Committee


Click here to download the scholarship application.

2019 Donors and Participating Schools



2020 Program Donors

Partner | $2,500.00 +



Click here to view the schedule of the three-day FFA/AIFD experience.
July 2 – 5, 2019 | Hilton Chicago | Chicago, IL



If you are interested in donating to the FFA Fund click here and be sure to choose the “Future Farmers of America – FFA Fund” from the drop down.


“It was a pleasure meeting you at the AIFD National Convention in Washington, D.C.  Thank you so much for your support of the FFA and our Chapter – this trip wouldn’t have been possible without you. We plan to take the skills we’ve learned and begin building our own floral shop at our school!” – The Southern Alamance FFA Chapter

“Thank you so much for your support and sponsorship of Cambridge FFA.  Travelling to Washington, D.C. and having the opportunity to attend the AIFD Symposium was truly a life changing event.  The variety and beauty of the flowers was inspiring and the people who arranged them were even more so.  We felt so welcome and were so humbled by everyone we met and everything we saw and experienced.  Many Florists would say to me, ‘You are our future.’ To hear this encouragement and belief in me personally really made me want to become a florist.” – Grace Ertel, Cambridge FFA Floral

“Thank you so much for sponsoring the 2018 National FFA Floriculture CDE. This contest has opened my eyes up to many jobs that I could pursue in my future. My teammates and I have spent many hours preparing for this and are proud to represent our state. It means so much to have supporters like you willing to invest in FFA members like myself. Thank you again for everything you do for us.” – Kaylee Abney, Owensville High School

“Thank you for judging our National Floriculture Competition. We apprecaite your time and dedication to the FFA. Also, I was one of the teams that got to go to D.C. for the AIFD Symposium – what an amazing experience! I enjoyed meeting you and your colleagues.” – Hannah Clanton, North Carolina

“Thank you for taking time to judge the 2018 National Floriculture CDE. My team is here for the first time and can tell how thoughtful and prepared every official is! I know this event would not be possible without volunteers like you! The competition is much more fun knowing the judges have an appreciation for FFA, enough to volunteer! Thank you so much.” – Emma Filipiak, Hudson High School

“Thank you for your contributions to the Floriculture CDE. I have gained so much knowledge of the floral industry this past year. My team and I are very grateful to be here.  Thank you again for everything.” – Hattie Harris, Louisburg FFA

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