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Floral Design Students Receive Financial Support Through AFE

Four floral design institutions will receive funds totaling more than $16,000 from AFE's James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Fund.

Established in 2008 by a $500,000 donation from TV producer Lee Phillip Bell to honor her parents, James and Helen Phillip, this scholarship provides grants to colleges/institutions that have accredited one-, two-, or four-year floral design programs to provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers in the retail sector of the floral industry.

"These grants will go a long way toward helping people in need while creating a pool of trained workers to fill positions in retail flower shops," said Bell's nephew, AFE Treasurer Jim Phillip.  "Because the principal will never be touched, the Fund will leave a perpetual legacy to honor Jim and Helen Phillip -- giving back to an industry which they dearly loved."

 Current institutions receiving grants through the James and Helen Phillip Scholarship:

  • Joliet Junior College - Joliet, Illinois
  • Kishwaukee College - Malta, Illinois
  • College of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Ohio State University Agricultural Department - Wooster, Ohio

Visit AFE's web site for more information about the James and Helen Phillip Scholarship

 

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2010 - Issue Two
In This Issue
   AFE Turns 50!
   MSU Graduate Awarded 2010 Paul Ecke Jr. MS/PhD Scholarship
   Memorial Tribute Established as AFE Mourns the Passing of Trustee Ernesto Velez
   Post Production Research: Cut Flower Longevity
   Floral Design Students Receive Financial Support Through AFE
   Ensuring the Next 50 Years: Consider a Bequest Gift to AFE
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Sponsorship Opportunities!

Join other industry organizations by becoming a sponsor of the 2010 AFE Fundraising Dinner and 50th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration - September 22, in Orlando. 

All sponsors receive recognition during the dinner, in the commemorative printed program, on AFE's web site, and receive special seating during the event.

Sponsorships available:

  • Table Hosts
  • Table Sponsors
  • Entertainment Sponsors
  • Wine/Champagne Sponsors
  • Other Sponsorships are available.

Contact AFE for more information!


 

Final Research Reports Available on the AFE Web Site!

AFE research addresses a diverse range of topics, from pest and disease management, breeding and genetics, production technology, production and post-production protocols, and consumer behavior.  Final reports on all AFE research are available at www.endowment.org.

** As a follow up to the last AFE Bulletin, Parts II and III of the Special Research Report “The Appeal of Biodegradable Packaging to Floral Consumers” are now published.

 


Congratulations to Vic and Margaret Ball Scholars!

AFE awarded three students the Vic and Margaret Ball scholarship from the March 1 application deadline.  These students will perform a three to six month internship at a commercial production operation.  Upon completion, they will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,500 – $6,000.  The next application deadline is October 1st – visit the AFE web site for more information.

Aric Compliment, a student at College of Dupage will complete a three-month internship at Heartland Growers, a family owned growing operation in Westfield, Ind.

Dominic Vercelote, a student at University of Georgia will perform a six-month internship at The Sun Valley Group in Arcata, Calif.

Rachel Palmer, a student at the University of Minnesota, will perform a three-month internship at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC.


Attention Growers:  If your business hosts interns and you would like to be considered as a Ball host employer, please contact AFE at (703) 838-5211.





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