The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced and recognized BioWorks for their leadership and contributions to the floral industry. BioWorks has exceeded $75,000 in donations to the AFE in support of funding the “BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship.” The scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior or senior college students pursuing a career in floriculture. Students are selected based on exemplary academic performance, with the ideal winner showing a passion for the use of IPM or other sustainable practices.
Winners of the scholarship that dates back to 2007, include 15 recipients from leading universities located all over the U.S including the northeast (University of Massachusetts), Florida (University of Florida) and California (Orange Coast College). Awarded students have majored in programs such as Plant Science, Environmental and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
“We are committed to helping AFE develop the future of our industry and provide students the ability to make an impact in the communities they call home,” said Bill Foster, CEO of BioWorks and Board Trustee of AFE. “BioWorks is proud to support AFE, as part of our responsibility to be a good industry partner.”
“Scholarship support from partners like BioWorks is crucial,” said Debi Chedester, Executive Director of American Floral Endowment. “It’s very exciting to work with forward-thinking businesses like BioWorks who understand the importance of providing opportunities for our next generation of leaders.”
Awarding scholarships for floriculture and horticulture students is a primary function of AFE. With more than 30 scholarships awarded each year, ranging from $500 – $5,000, applicant requirements include:
- Be pursuing a career in or related to Floriculture or Horticulture
- Be a citizen or resident of the U.S. or Canada or be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. or Canada
- Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average
The AFE scholarship application process opens in January with the deadline for submitting all materials by May 1st each year. Learn more at www.endowment.org/scholarships.