Dümmen Orange has started its search for candidates for the second year of The Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship. Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgment for the contributions he has made to the floriculture industry throughout his career, the scholarship is intended to extend Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students towards the completion of their horticulture-related academic pursuits.
The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student studying horticulture or floriculture. The recipient is announced in July during Cultivate.
Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in horticulture in one of the following areas: academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. Last year’s recipient, Michael Del Valle Jr., is a recent graduate who studied horticulture at the University of Georgia (UGA). Del Valle was selected for his academic performance, floriculture experience, UGA Horticulture Club participation, Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society membership, and career goals, all of which aligned with the intent of the scholarship. Upon graduating this past December, he began working at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as an Assistant Horticulturist, though he dreams of starting his own cut flower farm as soon as he can.
Applications for the 2018 award are due on June 15. More information and the scholarship application can be found here.