The American Floral Endowment's (AFE) Internship Scholarship program awarded five students paid internships and cash scholarships totaling more than $25,000. Since 1961, AFE has been a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to the research and educational development needs of the floral industry, benefiting growers, wholesalers, retailers, allied trade companies and the general public.
The Vic and Margaret Internship Selection Committee awarded four scholarships ranging from $4,000-6,000. This program provides students with a hands-on experience at commercial production facilities. The recipients for the March 2004 deadline were Kelly Bull, University of Florida; Natalie Bumgamer, West Virginia University; Shannon Mahoney, Purdue University; and Carrie Radcliffe, University of Georgia.
The Harold F. Wilkins Scholarship Committee awarded one scholarship for $3,500 to Brian Krug from North Carolina State University. This program was established to aid and encourage students to have an internship in floricultural experience outside of the United States. Krug will be interning in the United Kingdom.
As an industry-wide, industry-based organization, AFE had received over $11 million in contributions from individuals and companies. The endowment is looking for companies to provide educational internship opportunities. If a company is interested in hosting a student, it can contact the Endowment office at (618) 692-0045.
For more information, visit www.endowment.org .