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Past Altman Family and Paul Ecke, Jr. Recipients

The Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family scholarships help fund the education of full-time graduate students pursuing a career in horticulture or floriculture. Those who receive the scholarships are rewarded for their accomplishments as they continue working toward growth in the industry.

Altman Family Scholarship
(one-year scholarship of $5,000)

Ken and Deena Altman, owners of Altman Plants, created this scholarship in 2015.  The Altman family is highly appreciative of the field of horticulture and they enjoy giving back.  The Altmans support numerous efforts to improve education and research for the industry.  Altman Plants supplies plant programs to large retailers with point of purchase materials, sales reps to assist with merchandising, a large distribution system that covers the U.S., and offers expertise in growing plants. Each year one student will be awarded this scholarship.  It is an annual scholarship, although the same person may receive it a second year should their application score the highest.

Previous Altman Family Scholarship recipients:

2024 Four students were awarded $5,000 each:

2023 – Five students were awarded $5,000 each:

2022 – Three students were awarded $5,000 each:

2021 – Two students were awarded $5,400 each:

2020 – Four students were awarded $5,000 each:

2019 – Three students:

2018 – Two students were awarded $5,000 each:

2017 – Three students were awarded $5,000 each:

2016 – One student was awarded $5,000:

Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship
(two-year scholarship of $10,000/$5,000 each year)

This scholarship honors the late Paul Ecke, Jr. of Encinitas, Calif., who made indispensable contributions to the advancement of the global floriculture industry. Among his many interests was concern for the future of floriculture, as influenced by innovative research and educational programs. He recognized that creative scientists and educators are required to lead the floral industry in the 21st century and beyond. Each year, one student will receive $5,000 for two consecutive years, providing that they continue to meet requirements for this duration and submit an annual update.

Previous Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship recipients:

2024 – Savannah Mead – West Virginia University
2023 – Jackson Bobo – North Carolina State University
2022 – Juan Quijia Pillajo – The Ohio State University
2021 – Caleb Spall– Michigan State University/Second Year Report
2020 – Annika Kohler – Michigan State University/Second Year Report
2019 – Mary Lewis – University of Georgia/Second Year Report
2018 – Melissa Muñoz – Clemson University/Second Year Report
2017 – Kaylee South – The Ohio State University – OARDC
2016 – Kellie Walters – Michigan State University
2015 – Daniel Klittich – University of California (UC Davis)
2014 – Joshua Craver – Kansas State University
2014 – Emma Lookabaugh – North Carolina State University
2013 – W. Garrett Owen – North Carolina State University
2010 – Daedre Craig – Michigan State University

Eligibility Requirements

All U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualified international students are eligible to apply. The applicant must be in the process of successfully completing either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in horticulture or a related field, e.g., agricultural engineering, entomology, agricultural marketing and economics, plant pathology, etc.
Applicants must have the intention of pursuing a MS or Ph.D. degree on a full-time basis in a selected floricultural area and under the direction of a world-renowned floriculture scientist.

Selection Process

The AFE Education Committee will review all applicants and when necessary will conduct personal interviews with applicants prior to finalizing the selection of a scholarship recipient.

Application Requirements and Information

Submit your online application here. Be sure you have your personal statement, letters of recommendation, photo, and video ready to upload at the same time.  Official transcripts can be emailed to afe@endowment.org (if necessary). Only one application is needed for the Altman and Ecke scholarships.  Those attending land-grant universities will automatically be considered for the Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship.  All others will only be considered for the Altman Family Scholarship.

Prior to completing the online application, please gather/prepare the following documents: