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AFE Bulletin
Growing Opportunities

With tuition at an all-time high, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) Scholarship Programs offer floriculture and horticultural students opportunities to enhance their education while offsetting its cost.

Two of AFE's more than 20 scholarships require students to complete a paid internship where they actually get out into the industry to experience their future career first-hand.

Visit www.endowment.org for more information on AFE's Internship and Scholarship Programs.


A Clear Decision

Before receiving the Vic and Margaret Ball Scholarship last summer, Kristie Basta was not exactly sure what she wanted to do with her career. A senior at Pennsylvania State University majoring in horticulture and minoring in business, Basta was oscillating between floral design/retail and production.

In summer 2008, her scholarship supported an internship with Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, Va.,a 10-acre specialty cut flower farm.


Everyone Benefits from Research

Within the American Floral Endowment (AFE) funding process, research reports are the end product; they are the final task for researchers before completing a project. But within the floriculture industry, published research reports are just the beginning — the start of in-house trialing to see how recommendations work in specific environments, of altering internal processes to include newly discovered information and, hardest of all, of changing mind sets.


Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications and information regarding the American Floral Endowment’s (AFE) Vic & Margaret Ball and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Programs are now available for eligible students wanting to gain experience in greenhouse production, floral retail and wholesale, and allied trade fields.

Application Deadline:  March 1st.  Visit www.endowment.org/education for application and details regarding the Vic and Margaret Ball Internship Scholarship Program (commercial production), and the Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program (floral retail, wholesale, or allied trade).  


James Irwin's Gift Nourishes Floriculture

Long time industry leader, James“Jim” T. Irwin, held a special place in his heart for research — his wife Jean describes it as a passion. He understood the role The American Floral Endowment (AFE) plays in advancing knowledge for the floral industry through research.

By giving $32,500 to AFE in his will, Irwin helped to ensure that the industry he loved would flourish and be grounded in research.


Winter 2009
In This Issue
   Growing Opportunities
   A Clear Decision
   Everyone Benefits from Research
   Scholarship Deadline Nears
   James Irwin's Gift Nourishes Floriculture
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“AFE works to help everyone – growers, wholesalers and retailers – make this a better industry. Everyone has to do their part to help AFE!”

Amy Vongpitaka
Amy’s Orchids
Phenix, Virginia


Industry Champions!

The American Floral Endowment extends a special Thank You to the following companies and individuals who have reached the Platinum and Diamond Levels through their generous contributions.

Contributions are tax- deductible.  Please join these leaders by supporting AFE.

Platinum Level Donors
($100,000 or more)

Albert H. Burki Foundation
Andrew L Darbee Estate
  Flower Council
Ball Horticultural Company
FTD, Inc.
Highland Supply Corporation
Lee Phillip Bell
Mabel Simmons
Manatee Fruit Inc.
Paul Ecke Ranch
Pennock Company
Smithers-Oasis Company
Vans Inc.
Vic and Margaret Ball
Yoder Borther, Inc.

Diamond Level Donors
($75,000 - $99,999)

Delaware Valley Floral
Denver Wholesale Florist Co.
Florafax International, Inc.
Gertrude Bianchi
Greenleaf Wholesale Florist
Herman Meinders
Mellano & Company
Nancy S. & Nancy Tunier
Oscar G. Carlstedt Co.
Pete Garcia Company

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