Victor, New York (September 22, 2022) – AFE today announced and recognized BioWorks for their leadership and contributions to the floral industry. BioWorks has exceeded $75,000 in donations to the American Floral Endowment (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.
About the American Floral Endowment (AFE)
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is the trusted source and catalyst for floriculture advancement through funding of innovative research, scholarships, internships, and educational grants that best serve the dynamic needs and demographics of all industry sectors. Founded in 1961, the AFE is the leading non-for-profit 501c (3) funding source for floricultural/environmental horticulture research and educational programs in the U.S.
BioWorks provides integrated plant health management programs to customers in the horticulture and specialty agriculture markets. We want your crops, your business, and your people to thrive. Our biological control and plant nutrition products help accomplish this by eradicating harmful diseases and pests that threaten your crops, while reducing reliance on harmful chemicals. We go above and beyond to protect your crops, strengthen them, and improve yield.
BioWorks is a founding member of the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) and also a proud sponsor of the AFE scholarship program, funding the ‘BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship’. For more information, please visit http://www.bioworksinc.com.
David Spampinato, BioWorks
Phone: (585) 505-3687
Karin Krause, AFE