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Horticultural Research Institute Scholarships and Research Grants

The HRI, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, which provides both student scholarships and industry research grants, has announced the deadline to apply for scholarships and grants is May 31, 2015.

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

HRI will be offering the following scholarships in 2015:
- The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship (one, $3000 scholarship available)
- The Usrey Family Scholarship (one, $1000 scholarship available)
- The Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship (one, $1,000 available)
- The Susie & Bruce Usrey Scholarship (one, $500 available)
- The Spring Meadow Scholarship (three, $3000 scholarships available)
- The "Muggets" Scholarship (one, $1500 scholarship available)
- The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship (one, $4000 scholarship available)

Scholarship applications must be completed using the HRI online application form.

The Horticultural Research Institute is also accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability.

Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and consumer purchasing practices, pest and disease management and control, and sustainable production and environmental resource management. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Research that expands the market for plant material;
- Research that increases crop producers' business and financial expertise;
- Environmentally responsible management practices;
- Radio frequency identification (RFID) in crop production systems; and
- Regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the horticulture industry.

Applicants are further encouraged to present projects that represent collaborative research efforts. Researchers are challenged to focus their research on attainable outcomes that demonstrate a return on investment for all sectors of the horticulture industry.

Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $35,000. The Horticultural Research Institute encourages investigators to seek out matching funds as part of the proposal application process, although matching funds are not required.

The grant application and procedural guidelines are available online.

The deadline to apply for scholarships or grants is May 31, 2015. For complete details visit the HRI website at

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