AFE is accepting applications now through Feb. 1, 2014 for the Paul Ecke Jr. M.S./Ph.D. Scholarship Program for graduate students who have the skills and passion to become the next noted floriculture researcher or educator. Applications are available online.
The scholarship honors the late Paul Ecke Jr. of Encinitas, Calif., who made significant contributions to the floriculture industry and believed strongly in research and education. Ecke was concerned about the future of floriculture and recognized that innovative researchers and educators are necessary for the continued success of the industry.
“The Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship has assisted me in the effort to continue my education at Purdue University, where I am one step closer to becoming a future floriculture extension specialist and professor,” 2013 recipient Garrett Owen said.
Each year, one student will receive $5,000 for two consecutive years, provided that they continue to meet requirements and submit an annual update.
Applicants must be in the process of successfully completing either a B.S. or M.S. degree in horticulture or a related field, (e.g., agricultural engineering, entomology, agricultural marketing and economics, plant pathology, etc.) at a U.S. Land-grant University and must have the intention of pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree on a full-time basis.
In addition to the application, the following documents must be submitted directly to AFE by the Feb. 1 deadline:
- A personal statement explaining the applicant’s 1) reason for applying for the scholarship, 2) personal involvement in floriculture activities, 3) proposed research project and how it will contribute directly or indirectly toward resolving a major floriculture issue, and 4) anticipated future professional goals in floriculture.
- Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s floriculture-related advisor.
- Official transcripts sent directly from the Office of the Registrar.
- A video, up to three minutes long, telling the selection committee what makes you the best candidate for this scholarship and describing your current or proposed research project.
- A color photo for publicity purposes.