AFE Announces 2022-23 Educational Grant Recipients
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently announced that 19 organizations will receive educational grants in 2022-23 from the Endowment — totaling $76,590 — given in support of important industry programs.
“We are proud to support vital programs like these that strengthen the industry,” said Greg Royer, AFE treasurer/secretary and Education Committee chair. “We continue to work hard to uplift programs that provide learning opportunities for industry members and bring awareness to the younger generations about the exciting and rewarding careers in the floral industry.”
2022-23 Educational Grants Awarded to:
- America in Bloom – 2023 Symposium (portion of grant funded by the Vogt & Todd grant)
- Clemson University – Stem it Up
- Kansas State University – Developing Digital Horticulture Teaching Resources (portion of grant funded by the Del Demaree Fund)
- Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association – WUMFA Annual Convention
- Great Lakes Floral Association – Great Lakes Floral & Event Expo
- AFID Career Development Committee – Bring FFA to AIFD Symposium Chicago 2023
- Texas State Florists’ Association – Texas Floral Education for the Retail Florist
- American Society for Horticultural Science – Elevating Your Career
- Society of American Florists – 2023 Annual Convention
- Mississippi State University Department of Plant and Soil Science – Exploration Sustainable Floral Medias
- National Alliance of Floral Associations – Annual Meeting
- University of Kentucky – E-Gro Alerts, Blogs, and Webinars
- National Floriculture Forum – 2023 National Floriculture Forum
- University of Florida – Greenhouse Training Online Course
- University of Kentucky and North Carolina State University – Fert, Dirt and Squirt – Nutritional Monitoring of Greenhouse Crops (portion of grant funded by the Christian B. Nissen Research Fund)
- MSU Extension – Professional Florist Certification Program
- The Sustainable Flowers Project – Prairie Girl Flowers and TJ McGrath Design
- Pollinator Safety Project – Pollinator Stewardship Council
These industry events, courses, resources, and programs ensure the continued success of the industry by fostering ongoing education, networking, and professional development opportunities. The grants’ focus is to not only attract young professionals to the field but invest in impactful continued education experiences to solve industry challenges for current industry members.
From conventions to virtual events, the grants encourage education at all levels in any sector.