American Floral Endowment (AFE) is now accepting applications for scholarships and educational grants. Applications for educational grants for 2015-2016 must be submitted no later than June 1. Scholarship applications are due May 1.
AFE Educational Grants
AFE educational grants help fund programs that are wide reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry. For 2014-2015, AFE funded more than $42,000 in educational grants.
Examples of previous programs funded through AFE educational grants include:
- Floral Plant Give Away As a Recruiting Tool: An Evaluation of the Impact on Student Perception of Horticulture
- Floriculture InfoSearch Engine and AFE Floriculture Library, a search engine for convenient and comprehensive access to floriculture literature, videos and presentations.
- The National Floriculture Forum (NFF), which unites professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting.
- The e-GRO (Electronic Grower Resources Online) Alert, which brings together floriculture specialists to create an online distribution system for alerts about disease, insects, environmental concerns, physiological and nutritional disorders in commercial greenhouses, etc.
- The Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Pest and Production Management Conference, an annual event that educates growers, academia, extension specialists and suppliers about the latest in integrated pest management techniques.
All requests are renewed on an annual basis with funding dependent on the amount of funds available at the time. Educational grant applications are available online and must be submitted by June 1.
Now is the chance for horticulture and floriculture students to apply for more than 20 different scholarships through AFE. The deadline is May 1 for sophomore through senior students, and graduate students, to submit applications.
AFE encourages students to apply for scholarships early as the need for financial assistance in floriculture and environmental horticulture programs is great. For 2015, AFE will award $40,000 in scholarships.
“AFE’s robust scholarships provide financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students to help in their journey of becoming the next great leaders in floriculture and horticulture,” AFE Executive Director Debi Aker says. “An investment in their education is an investment in the future of the industry.”
Complete descriptions of each AFE scholarship offered, along with the undergraduate and graduate applications and requirements, can be found online. Applications and supporting materials must be received by the May 1 deadline.
Visit AFE’s website for more information.