Below are the floriculture scholarships that AFE offers. All applications and supporting documents are due by May 1 each year.
AFE offers scholarships to three different levels of students:
- Scholarships for only undergraduate students.
- Scholarships for undergradute or graduate students.
- Scholarships for only graduate students.
Scroll down to learn more about which scholarships apply to you!
Please note AFE scholarships are intended for sophomore through graduate level college students pursuing degrees in floriculture and horticultural fields only.
AFE Scholarship applications and recommendation forms can be downloaded using the links below. Applications must be completed online.
Complete the Online Scholarship Application by May 1 each year. The Scholarship Recommendation Form MS Word Document can be downloaded here.
Scholarships available to ONLY undergraduate students:
AMERICAN FLORISTS' EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market was established in 1921, and the flower market is now part of the largest wholesale flower district in the United States. Eligible recipients are Junior or Senior students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, majoring in Agriculture with an emphasis on a future in floriculture. This scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students attending a college/university in California, or student residents of California attending a college/university in other areas of the U.S.
JULIO AND SARAH ARMELLINI SCHOLARSHIP
Julio “Toots” Armellini is founder of Armellini Express Lines, the largest flower carrier service in the United States. Armellini enlisted in the Navy as a “Seabee” and was stationed all around the globe as a mechanic, where he learned the skills he used to modernize refrigerated trucking. When he began expanding his lines in the early 1950s, refrigeration was new and underdeveloped, so he established a more effective way of cooling his supplies using a system of constant airflow. ThermoKing eventually made his contributions to refrigeration systems standard. Today, Armellini has almost 70 years of experience in the industry and Armellini Industries, Inc. encompasses many businesses: Armellini Express Lines, Inc., J.A. Flower Service, Inc., Fresco Service, Inc. and NorthStar Transportation, Inc. The Julio and Sarah Armellini Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior, or senior students with a career interest in the marketing or distribution of floral products.
BALL HORTICULTURAL COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Ball Horticultural Company is a leading international breeder, producer and wholesale distributor of floriculture products. Ball brings the beginnings of color, foliage, fruit and form to professional growers around the world for the retail and landscape markets. The Ball Horticultural Company Scholarship is intended for junior or senior students pursuing a career in commercial floriculture.
BIOWORKS IPM/SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES SCHOLARSHIP
The BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophmore, junior, or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. Students will be selected on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better. While not mandatory, it is strongly desired that the student be interested in furthering the use of Integrated Pest Management ("IPM") or Sustainable practices and preference will be given in this area.
JAMES BRIDENBAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jim Bridenbaugh was a specialist in fresh flowers and plants, designing and commentating at design shows and seminars. His floral industry knowledge, comedic story-telling and audience rapport made him a favorite. Jim served as OFA president from 1989 to 1991.The Bridenbaugh scholarship is for sophomore, junior, or senior students who are pursuing a career in floral design and marketing of fresh flowers and plants.
CARLSON-JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP FOR NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS
Barbara Carlson was instrumental in the establishment of Bedding Plant International (BPI) trade association with her husband Will, which served hundreds of growers. Fran Johnson enjoyed a long, productive career with the John Henry Co., a horticultural printing firm in Lansing, Michigan. Fran also made many significant and practical contributions of time and talent through BPI to advance the greenhouse industry. The Carlson-Johnson Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students is awarded to students re-entering school after a minimum 5-year absence, who have an interest in bedding and/or floral crops.
EARL DEDMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Earl Dedman owned and operated Mountainview Greenhouses in Woodinville, Washington and was a former president of BPFI. In addition to his participation with BPFI and BPI, Earl was involved with the Montana State Flower Growers, the Puget Sound Flower Growers, and the Washington Floricultural Association. Educated in rural Montana in a one-room schoolhouse, Earl had a strong commiment to education, believing it was a great way better yourself. Earl considered education and hard work to be the keys to success in life. The Earl Dedman Scholarship is awarded to Junior or Senior students maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, who are interested in becoming greenhouse growers.
LONG ISLAND FLOWER GROWERS ASSOCIATION (LIFGA) SCHOLARSHIP
The LIFGA scholarship was established in 2010. LIFGA members represent growers and retailers promoting research, education, and sales of ornamentals in the local market. The LIFGA scholarship is intended for students in the Long Island/New York area studying ornamental horticulture at a community college or a four-year institution.
MARKHAM-COLEGRAVE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ed Markham was an international horticulturist. He began a career in horticulture sales after graduating from the Horticulture Department at Cornell University in 1942. Ed's interest in providing scholarship funds to study marketing through international travel stemmed from his first trip abroad in the early 1960's. The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship operates in cooperation with the David Colegrave Foundation in London, England. Each year there will be an exchange of students between the U.S. and Europe, alternating between the two countries. Scholarship awards of $3,500 will be made. U.S. students should apply for this scholarship in even numbered years (2010, 2012, 2014, etc.)
MIKE AND FLO NOVOVESKY SCHOLARSHIP
Mike and Flo Novovesky have enjoyed over 30 years of active participation in the floriculture industry. The Novovesky's know first hand the hardships a young couple must overcome when balancing a career and a family. Their scholarship fund aims to help young married students who are working to put themselves through college and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Depending on the availability of married applicants, the scholarship may also go to an undergraduate working his or her way through school with financial need and family obligations. The keys are strong interest in horticulture and financial need.
JOHN L. TOMASOVIC, SR. SCHOLARSHIP
John Tomasovic, past president of BPFI, has grown his family business, John L. Tomasovic, Sr., Florist, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, which includes a greenhouse from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. They produce geraniums, pot mums, hardy mums, bedding plants, ground covers, poinsettias, Easter lilies, bulb crops and foliage, carrying on the business his father began in 1931. The Tomasovic scholarship offers special consideration for sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students with financial need and grade point average between 3.0 and 3.5.
EDWARD TUINIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ed Tuinier, owner of Post Gardens, loved the greenhouse business, building his firm to one of the top 50 U.S. companies, inspiring his children, all of whom work in one of the two Post Gardens locations. A graduate of Michigan State University, Ed was a major benefactor of the MSU horticulture program and demonstration gardens. The Tuinier scholarship is awarded to sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students enrolled in the floriculture program at Michigan State University.
JACOB AND RITA VAN NAMEN MARKETING SCHOLARSHIP
The Jacob and Rita Van Namen Marketing Scholarship was established January 1997. Jacob Van Namen is a true entrepreneur who built a multimillion-dollar business in wholesale floriculture. This award is intended to develop knowledgeable, creative individuals to improve the floriculture industry. The Van Namen Scholarship requires students to have a career interest in agribusiness marketing and distribution of floral products and be of sophomore, junior, or senior standing.
VOCATIONAL (Bettinger, Holden & Perry) SCHOLARSHIP
The Vocational Scholarship awards a scholarship in honor of:
LEONARD BETTINGER, was a successful greenhouse grower in the Bettinger Farms family business in Toledo, Ohio, and was president of the BPI trade association from 1974-76;
JOHN HOLDEN, had a long, helpful career at Ball Seed Co. and was active in the BPI trade association since it's inception, attending the very first "pre-BPI" conference in 1968;
JIM PERRY, was a respected wholesale nurseryman, who grew Perry's Plants of La Puente, California into one of the largest bedding plant operations in the U.S and was president of BPI from 1972-1974.
The Vocational (Bettinger, Holden & Perry) Scholarship requires students to be in a 1 or 2-year program with the intent to become a grower or greenhouse manager.
Scholarships available to undergraduate OR graduate students:
HAROLD BETTINGER SCHOLARSHIP
Harold Bettinger was a partner in Bettinger Farms of Swanton, Ohio. In the mid-50's, he was one of the first progressive growers to convert his bedding plant production from wooden to plastic flats. Bettinger Farms now grows greenhouse and field vegetables.The Bettinger Scholarship is intended for horticulture students, sophomore through graduate levels, who have a major or minor in business and/or marketing with the intent to apply their education to a horticulture-related career business.
NATIONAL GREENHOUSE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (NGMA)
NGMA is a professional trade organization for the manufacturers and suppliers of greenhouses and greenhouse components built to codes designed for a grower's needs. The National Greenhouse Manufactures Association Scholarship targets students majoring in horticulture and bioengineering or the equivalent and are at least a junior at an accredited four-year college maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
LAWRENCE "BUD" OHLMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Bud Ohlman was a hands-on grower in his family business, expanding the truck gardening operation to include greenhouses, bedding plant and flowering annuals production. He coached expansion projects, even into his 70's. Bud's work ethic was second to none, inspired by his God, his family, and the industry. His scholarship goes to students with the career goal to become a bedding plant grower for an established business.
JAMES K. RATHMELL, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR HORTICULTURAL WORK/STUDY ABROAD
Jim Rathmell was a horticulture extension specialist at Penn. State University who promoted communication and cooperation with horticulturists in other countries. A widely published author, he worked with commercial growers to implement many outstanding educational programs. The Rathmell scholarship is awarded to junior or senior level undergraduates or graduate students who have a specific plan for horticulture work/study outside of the U.S.
SEED COMPANIES SCHOLARSHIP
Seed companies - Ball, Pan-American, Goldsmith, and Syngenta are leaders in the seed production and breeding industry, providing new, improved varities. These seed companies co-operatively sponsor this scholarship. The Seed companies scholarship requires students to have a career goal within the seed industry and be junior or senior level undergraduates or graduate students.
Scholarships available to ONLY graduate students:
JOHN CAREW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
John Carew, former head of the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University, dedicated his career to encouraging and guiding young horticulturists. He was instrumental in establishing BPI in 1969. The Carew scholarship is open to graduate students in horticulture, with an interest in greenhouse crops.
RICHARD T. MEISTER SCHOLARSHIP
Dick Meister built a family business in publishing for specialized growers in commercial horticulture. He is a strong supporter of the land-grant college system and through the years worked closely with many horticultural and floricultural leaders. This scholarship is dedicated to the outstanding accomplishments of those in university extension, and especially to Will Carlson in floriculture. The Meister scholarship is open to graduate students in floriculture intending to pursue their career in the land-grant university system with interest in research, extension, or teaching.
To apply for any of these scholarships, please complete the online AFE Scholarship Application no later than May 1 of each year.