Scholarships and recognitions

The Department is fortunate to have alumni and friends who have generously endowed scholarship opportunities for students and fortunate in its relationship with industry associations who annually support scholarships and recognitions. This support grows with the national economy and new endowments - interest income and annual contributions to support scholarships and recognitions currently total approximately $200,000.

Students to receive scholarships and recognitions are chosen by the department faculty, based on criteria that vary based on sponsor priorities, e.g. financial need, grades, commodity orientation, promise of leadership, or contributions to the department. To be eligible for scholarships based on financial need, students must demonstrate need with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment in Day Hall. 

However, there is no need for students to apply for these scholarships and recognitions. (With the exception of the Dreer Award.) Recipients of these scholarships and recognitions are announced at the Student Awards Presentation event near the end of the spring semester.

Plant Science with Distinction in Research Program 

The Bachelor of Science degree With Distinction in Research is conferred upon a student who, in addition to having completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science, has satisfactorily completed an approved research project in her/his area of specialization and has been recommended for the degree by the oversight Committee for Plant Science. 

The Distinction in Research program involves successfully completing a faculty-supervised project. An undergraduate wishing to enroll in the Plant Science Distinction in Research Program must have completed at least 55 credits with at least 30 of the 55 at Cornell. Also, the student must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 at the time of entry into the Distinction in Research program. 

Any interested students must make written application no later than the end of the third week of the first semester of the senior year after first discussing it with her/his advisor during junior year. An application form is available from the College Registrar, 140 Roberts Hall.

Written approval of the faculty member who will direct the student's research and of the Plant Science member of the oversight Committee is required. After the College Registrar verifies the student's grade-point average, the student will be officially enrolled in the Distinction in Research Program. 

Academic credit for Distinction in Research projects may be earned by enrolling for an appropriate independent study or undergraduate research course. When applying for admission to the Program, the student may, if appropriate, submit a budget and a modest request for funds to cover some of the costs he or she will incur in doing the research. 

The Distinction in Research Committee recommends to the College Registrar those students who qualify for honors. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 to graduate with Distinction in Research. Scholarships & recognitions

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship 

In 1970, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fund was established through the efforts of Dean Palm, members of the college development committee and the Alumni Association of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Income from the endowment fund provides grants for students in the college. Preference is given to students transferring from two-year colleges in New York State. Selection is based on character, academic achievement and financial need. The fund also provides a cash award to a senior student who transferred to the college from a two-year college in New York State and who has achieved outstanding academic performance during the year. Selection is made following guidelines established by the College Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. 

Edwin J. Dietz Scholarship 

The Edwin J. Dietz Award was established in 1997 for scholarship assistance to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with first preference for students in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. 

William Frederick Dreer Scholarship 

The purpose of the award is to provide a worthy undergraduate or graduate student, specializing in the Department of Horticulture or Landscape Architecture, with an opportunity to study or engage in directed practice related to the field of floriculture and ornamental horticulture abroad. Scholarship, character, maturity, seriousness of purpose and potential are considered. William F. Dreer was an innovative seeds man from Philadelphia. More information application instructions. 

Melvin B. & Helen K. Hoffman Scholarship 

The Melvin B. & Helen K. Hoffman Scholarship was established through the generosity of Professor and Mrs. Hoffman in 1985. After completing his doctorate in 1934, Professor Hoffman began his 36 years of service to the Department of Pomology. Serving as associate head of the department from 1944-60, he later became chairman and held that position almost until his retirement in 1970. The fund provides assistance to recipients with consideration being given to student's character, academic ability and financial need. Preference is given to students in pomology. Selection of recipients is made following guidelines established by the College Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. Students recommended by faculty in Fruit and Vegetable Science are given preference. 

Frederick F. Horton Scholarship 

Frederick F. Horton was an experimentalist in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture greenhouses. He was very active in the research and teaching programs. Upon his retirement in 1969 after 41 years of service to the college, friends and colleagues established this fund in his honor. Undergraduate students in any class specializing in floriculture in the college are eligible for an award. Selections are based on academic ability, character, need for financial assistance, and the promise of future leadership. 

Alfred C. Hottes Amateur Gardening Scholarship 

Alfred Carl Hottes (1891- 1956) was born and raised in Ithaca, NY. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University. For the next 12 years, he was a professor of floriculture and department head at Ohio State University. He then became associate editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and wrote extensively, including numerous books on gardening subjects. At his bequest, an award for undergraduates in any class in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was established. Selection is based on academic record, character and activities, and promise of advancing floriculture and ornamental horticulture as an amateur activity. 

Kenneth Post Scholarship 

Kenneth Post (1905-1955) was a professor of floriculture and briefly served as head of the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. Professor Post was an international authority in commercial floriculture, a leader and visionary in the field, and did much to advance the incorporation of science into not only commercial floriculture but also horticulture in general. This award is given annually by the Kenneth Post Foundation to the outstanding senior in floriculture and ornamental horticulture. Academic achievement is emphasized, but character, leadership, participation in university activity and promise of continued success in horticulture are also considered. 

Marvin L. Lindner Scholarship 

Marvin L. Lindner (1926-1974) was raised in West Hempstead, Long Island. He earned a B.S. degree in Horticulture and landscape architecture at Cornell University in 1947, returned to Long Island and became a successful businessman - first managing the family garden center, nursery, and landscape garden design.. He sold the family business in 1956 and started a successful construction business on Long Island. He never forgot his Cornell training, nor did he lose his deep appreciation for nature and things green. To honor the great love Mr. Lindner had for the university and the surrounding area, his wife, Diane Lindner, established the Marvin L. Lindner Fund in 1976 in memory of her husband so that "other young people might share the wealth of opportunities and experiences Cornell has to offer." The fund has also been supported by gifts given by Mr. Lindner's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Berthold Lindner. Special preference is given to students from Long Island with interests in nursery careers. 

William H. Stimming Scholarship 

The Kenneth Post Foundation provides the William H. Stimming Scholarship as a tribute to Mr. William H. Stimming of Newark Valley, NY, who was a dedicated florist crop producer and industry leader. For many years he operated greenhouse ranges in both Newark Valley and Ithaca. He served as president of New York State Flower Growers Inc.; chairman of the board of the Kenneth Post Foundation; and in numerous other ways made major contributions to the development and welfare of floriculture in New York State. 

New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Scholarship 

This award is given to a senior who has a specialization in commercial floriculture (i.e. florist crop production, marketing, management and/or retailing) who has made a significant contribution to the department through her/his involvement in student affairs and through her/his furtherance of industry and/or faculty-student relations and interaction. Character, academic ability and promise for future leadership in commercial floriculture are also considered. 

New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Fund - James W. Boodley Scholarship 

The NYS Flower Industries Research and Education Fund, Inc. established the award to recognize the many contributions to floriculture science and the industry of Dr. James Boodley, professor emeritus of floriculture science. Dr. Boodley retired in 1983 after many years of service in floriculture teaching, extension and research. He also served as chairman of the department from 1970-75. His contribution to the floriculture industry and science are legion. This award is given to a senior who has a specialization in commercial floriculture (i.e. florist crop production, marketing, management and/or retailing) and has made a significant contribution to the department through her/his involvement in student affairs and her/his furtherance of industry and/or faculty-student relations and interaction. Character, academic ability and promise for future leadership in commercial floriculture are also considered. 

New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Fund - John Feldis Sr. Memorial Scholarship 

The award honors the late John Feldis Sr. of Feldis Flowers and Garden Center, Garden City, Long Island, and is provided by his family. Mr. John Feldis was an alumnus of Cornell. During his career as an owner/manager of a successful garden center/retail florist company, he distinguished himself as a business and industry leader. He was extremely proud of his affiliation with Cornell and the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. The award is given annually to a student in floriculture who has shown leadership and achievement during her/his student years in the department. 

New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Fund - John G. Seeley Scholarship 

The NYS Flower Industries Research and Education Fund, Inc. established the award to recognize the many contributions to floriculture science and industry of Dr. John G. Seeley, professor emeritus of floriculture science. Dr. Seeley has a long record of service in instruction, research and extension in floriculture. He served as head of the department from 1956 to 1970. He is an internationally known floriculturist and has made major contributions through his service to the American Society for Horticultural Science and the International Society for Horticultural Science. This award is given to a senior who has a specialization in commercial floriculture (i.e. florist crop production, marketing, management and/or retailing) who has made a significant contribution to the department through her/his involvement in student affairs and through her/his furtherance of industry and/or faculty-student relations and interaction. Character, academic ability and promise for future leadership in commercial floriculture are also considered. 

New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Fund - Joseph J. Yedowitz Sr. Scholarship 

The award was established by his family in memory of Joseph J. Yedowitz, Sr. of Emil Yedowitz and Sons, Yonkers, NY. The endowment, which funds the award, is a part of the New York State Flower Industries Research and Education Fund, Inc. The Yedowitz firm has a substantial retail and greenhouse production business in Yonkers. Mr. Yedowitz was a leader in the floriculture industry of New York State and served major roles in the New York Florist's Club, the New York State Flower Growers, Inc. and the Kenneth Post Foundation. He was very involved in Cornell activities and played a major role in the former Cornell Florists' Short Course, which was held on campus. The award is given annually to the freshman specializing in floriculture and ornamental horticulture who shows the greatest commitment to and promise in the field. Character, academic achievement, and interest and involvement in student and departmental activities are additional criteria, which the faculty may consider in their selection. 

New York State Nursery and Landscape Association A.M.S. Pridham Scholarship 
The New York State Nursery and Landscape Association established this award to honor the late Dr. Alfred M.S. Pridham of the Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture Department. Professor Pridham taught our nursery management and ornamental horticulture course in the department for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1968. He also was highly productive in research and extension related to the nursery and landscape industries. This award is given to encourage outstanding undergraduate students of good character who have excelled in the classroom and have contributed significantly to the department. Preference is given to those students in ornamental horticulture (growing, wholesaling, landscaping, retailing or education) and/or landscape design. 

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Recognition 
Each year, teaching assistants make an important contribution to our instructional program and we are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize one graduate student who has shown distinguished performance in this vital role. 

Pi Alpha Xi Recognition 

The first chapter, Alpha Chapter, of this honorary was established in 1923 at Cornell by the first department chair, Dr. E.H. White, and the faculty of the then new Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. Today there are more than twenty five chapters of Pi Alpha Xi throughout the United States with thousands of members throughout the world who demonstrated stellar academic performances at the various universities that have established and maintained active chapters. Based on their academic achievements students can accept membership in the national Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture Honorary, Pi Alpha Xi. 

Professor Alfred M. S. & Mrs. Alice Read Pridham Scholarship 
Established at the bequest of Mrs. Pridham, and supplemented by friends and industry organizations including the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, this award serves as a lasting tribute to the Pridhams' commitment to ornamental horticulture. Professor Pridham was a faculty member in Cornell's Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture who over a long and distinguished career worked with nursery crops and weed management; Mrs. Pridham was an avid gardener, and they both were active members of the department family. This award is given to a student in any class, but usually a junior, specializing in floriculture, ornamental horticulture, or landscape architecture and is based on character, financial need, academic ability, and promise of future leadership. 

H.R. Schenkel Sr. Memorial Scholarship 

Herman R. Schenkel, Sr. (1905-1968) received a BS degree in floriculture in 1927 from Cornell. He managed several greenhouses on Long Island and in New England (Stone's, Koppleman's, Pinchbeck's, and Elliott's) where he earned an industry-wide reputation as an outstanding rose grower and manager. In 1952, he founded H.R. Schenkel, Inc., a greenhouse operation in Lynchburg, VA, specializing in production of high quality roses. Mr. Schenkel was proud of his association with Cornell and Dr. Kenneth Post, and maintained a continuing interest in research within the department. This award recognizes superior academic achievement by a sophomore or junior enrolled in Cornell University. Preference is given to students specializing in floriculture and ornamental Horticulture who have over the course of their study at Cornell University demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. 

Arthur Thomas Memorial Horticulture Scholarship 
Arthur Thomas (1925 - 1981), Cornell Class of '49, was most innovative in the marketing programs of his firm, the A.B.G. Company. He felt that the industry needed to apply marketing principles and strategy more effectively if it was to remain competitive in the changing business climate. He was an industry leader and very active in the affairs of the floriculture and nursery organizations on Long Island and in New York State. His abiding concern was for greatly improved marketing structures and practices in these industries. He did much in his lifetime to foster improved marketing as a means to increase the returns to florists and nurserymen. This award is given to an outstanding junior or senior student in floriculture and ornamental horticulture who has demonstrated strong interest, academic achievement and future promise in marketing, management and economics. 

ASHS Collegiate Scholars Recognition 

The American Society for Horticultural Science annually honors junior and senior horticulture students in the top 15% of their class in academic standing.

ASHS Outstanding Horticulture Student Recognition 
The American Society for Horticultural Science annually recognizes one undergraduate horticulture student from each university based on their scholarly achievement, leadership abilities, participation in campus or club activities, and service to their department.