Jan 6, 2022
AFE Adds New Scholarship

A new scholarship fund has been established through the American Floral Endowment (AFE) to support future generations of students interested in pursuing a career in floriculture. This scholarship joins 26 other scholarships available through the Endowment.

The newly established Dewar Family Scholarship Fund will be awarded to an undergraduate student (or students) in their junior or senior year, studying environmental horticulture with an emphasis and focus on a career in floriculture. The fund is established by the Dewar Family of Dewar Nurseries.

Dewar Nurseries was established in 1963 by founder Alex Dewar, with the vision of providing premier plants and exemplary customer service. The Dewar Family appreciates the value of a quality education and is excited to encourage young professionals to enter floriculture production and business with this scholarship.

“It’s safe to say that the Dewar Family is passionate about flowers,” said Patricia Dewar. “This passion and Dewar Nurseries’ roots stem back to my grandfather, Alex Dewar. He jumpstarted his efforts after earning a degree in horticulture and chemistry from the University of Florida. Before long, our small family business became one of the largest growers of rose, fruit, seasonal, and holiday plants in the nation.”

When looking to establish this fund, the Dewar Family choose to give back to the industry by donating to the Endowment. AFE has been administering important scholarships for decades supporting future generations. In fact, AFE just passed the milestone of 60 years. Patricia Dewar commented, “We wanted to invest with the leading floral industry organization supporting young professional growth and support. AFE’s ongoing and long-term dedication to the industry echoes our family’s legacy.”

“The opportunities in our industry are endless, and creativity is unmatched,” said Kimberly Dewar. “Our family is rooted in quality, education, and offering the best of the best.”

The annual application deadline for AFE’s undergraduate and graduate scholarships is May 1. To learn more about this scholarship and AFE’s other opportunities, visit www.endowment.org/scholarships.