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AFE educational grant application deadline is June 1

The American Floral Endowment announced in a news release that it is accepting educational grant applications for 2017-18. The applications are available online and must be submitted by June 1.

AFE educational grants help fund programs that are wide reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry. For 2016-17, the endowment funded nearly $40,000 in educational grants.

Programs funded through AFE educational grants include:

• Seed Your Future. A national movement created to attract more talented young people to careers in horticulture and change the public perception of horticulture.

• The National Floriculture Forum. Unites professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting.

• Floral Plant Giveaway as a Recruiting Tool: An Evaluation of the Impact on Student Perception of Floriculture. Increases student interest in plants and raises awareness of horticulture as a viable career option.

• Floriculture Info Search Engine and AFE Floriculture Library. A search engine for convenient and comprehensive access to floriculture literature, videos and presentations.

All grant requests are renewed on an annual basis, with funding dependent on the amount of funds available at the time.

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