BioWorks’ AFE Scholarship

AFE logoSince 2008 BioWorks has had the privilege of participating in the American Floral Endowment Scholarship Program by offering the “BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship.” AFE, founded in 1961, is the leading non-for-profit 501© (3) funding source for floricultural/environmental horticulture research and educational programs in the United States. The endowment is supported by more than 1,000 companies and individuals throughout the industry, including BioWorks.

Scholarship Criteria
The BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. Students are selected on the basis of their sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better. While it is 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. BioWorks hopes to encourage young people to pursue a career in floriculture or horticulture and will support those pursuits with the scholarship.

How to Apply - Click here for application
The application deadline for the scholarship is May 1st of each year. Students are evaluated and then the scholarship is awarded at the end of July/early August.

Past Winners

Alexander Shaller2016 - Alexander Schaller, University of Arizona

Alexander is a senior at the University of Arizona in the Plant Sciences Department with a double major in sustainable plant systems and agriculture economics and management. He is interested in ornamental and floriculture crop breeding and crop physiology. “After I receive an advanced degree, I will continue to find ways to improve methods, production and distribution of goods in the field of floriculture,” said Schaller.

2015 - Sara Wallace, Oklahoma State University

Wallace intends to graduate with a degree in public horticulture, and hopes to develop designs with varieties of fruits and vegetables that can be grown in flower beds in every home. “I believe that all people should have fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in their front yard, balcony or hydroponically. I would like food security to extend to all people, regardless of circumstances or geography,” said Wallace.

Joshua Henry2014 - Joshua Henry

Henry is a senior studying sustainable plant systems with a specialization in horticulture. His career goals include working in horticultural research and one day owning a greenhouse business. “I began volunteering in gardens over 10 years ago, and I have absolutely loved plants ever since,” he said.

2013 – David Roberts

Roberts is a graduate student at North Carolina State University, and hopes to one day earn his PhD and dedicate his life to researching and teaching. "I plan to one day give back to the academic community that has already done so much for me," Roberts said. "Nothing would make me happier than working for a land-grant university like NC State, and until that day, I will pour all of my efforts and energies into achieving that goal."

Stacey Haack2012 – Stacey Haack

Miss Haack attends the University of California, Davis, majoring in Plant Sciences with a double emphasis in Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Crop Production. She has a special interest in plant pathology, flower breeding systems, the seed industry, and aspires to become certified as a Pest Control Advisor (PCA).

Haack is expected to graduate in the spring of 2013 and plans to pursue a Masters degree in Plant Pathology, then a Ph.D. degree, working with a breeding program for both commercial and personal industry flower cultivar development, studying the development of resistance to flower pests and diseases that can cause economic losses. She hopes to then enter the pest management industry, working with sustainable agrochemical development research, consulting, or cooperative extension work within the flower industry.

Amy Hinkle2011 and 2010 – Amy Hinkle

Miss Hinkle attends Penn State University majoring in Horticulture Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management. Her special interests are in Floriculture, Greenhouse Management and Retail Horticulture.

Hinkle is expected to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in the spring of 2012. After college she hopes to work full time in the greenhouse or cut flower segments of the US horticulture industry. She also plans to embark on the adventure of opening her own specialty cut flower farm once she has gained more growing experience.

2009 – Angela Magdaleno

Miss Magdaleno used the BioWorks scholarship to continue to pay for her education, being the first one in her family to attend a University. She is pursuing a career in Floriculture at California Polytechnic State University and has been very successful there.

Lauren Lehrman2008 – Lauren Lehrman

Miss Lehrmann attended Texas A&M University majoring in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Horticulture. Her special interest is in horticulture therapy. In the summer of 2008, Lehrmann interned for The Ground Crew LLC, a landscape architecture design firm in College Station. There she developed planting, irrigation, drainage and lighting plans. She also studied abroad in Germany. Lehrmann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2009.