IPPS ER Foundation Scholarships, Apply by June 1

The IPPS Eastern Region Foundation is pleased again this year to offer academic scholarships! There are two $2,000 scholarships for students working towards a degree in a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate program in horticulture or a related field. Students must have completed at least two semesters (terms) by the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Apply by June 1: IPPS-ER Foundation Scholarship ApplicationSuccessful applicants will be notified by August 2022. Please share with your friends in horticulture or related fields. The application deadline is June 1.Questions?Contact IPPS-ER Foundation Academic Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. David L. Sanford, 610-396-6161. The IPPS Eastern Region Foundation was created in 2004 to support research and education in ornamental horticulture.You may Donate Online or send a check to PO Box 5764, Wakefield, RI 02880.


The IPPS Eastern Region offers scholarships for qualifying students to cover registration costs for Annual Conferences, generally held in the fall. Students may apply for a scholarship to attend for 1,2,3 or all 4 days of the event.

The annual conference is a fantastic opportunity to network and build invaluable relationships with the best in the business from across the country. The four day conference consists of behind-the-scenes-tours to local nurseries and botanic gardens as well as an educational session of thought-provoking talks by industry experts and business professionals. A poster session, plant auctions and time to socialize round out the event.

A generous number of student scholarships are available. The estimated value of the scholarships varies from $75 to $500 depending on the length of attendance. This is not a cash award but a complimentary registration. Students are responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodations.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a horticulture or other plant-related program of study and be an active student at the time of the conference.
  • Candidate must fill out the application in its entirety, including a faculty reference.
  • Candidate must be a Student Member of the IPPS Eastern Region. Student membership is free - click HERE to join. IPPS members receive a monthly electronic newsletter plus unlimited downloads from the Combined Proceedings of our worldwide annual conferences.

for more information please contact: ippser@gmail.com


New Foundation Grant Program for Undergraduate Research  - Information Coming Soon!
The International Plant Propagators’ Society-Eastern Region Foundation (IPPS-ERF) is proud to introduce a new research grant program to support undergraduate research in the areas of nursery production and/or plant propagation. Grants are for $2,000 to support research and student wages and the Foundation does not provide funds for overhead. In addition, there is an expectation that students will present their research at an annual IPPS-Eastern Region Conference in the form of a poster and provide a one-page manuscript for the IPPS-ER Proceedings. Additional travel grants and reduced Conference fees will be available to help support the presenting student.

Proposals should be brief, but succinct and follow a typical proposal format that includes an introduction with research objectives, methods, and expected outcomes. Proposal submissions or questions regarding research grants should be directed to the Foundation Research Committee Chair, Bob Geneve at IPPSERgrants@gmail.com .

HRI Grants

IPPS Eastern Region has a long history of providing research support for projects important to the greenhouse and nursery industry. The Region supports research through its gifts to the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). This nonprofit organization is devoted to the support and conduct of research necessary for the advancement of the nursery/landscape industry. 

At present, the Eastern Region, North America has fulfilled eight funds with HRI named for individuals held in high esteem by the I.P.P.S. Eastern Region, North America for their service and dedication to this Society. For every $15,000 donated by the Eastern Region, North America to HRI, a fund is named in honor or memory of an esteemed member.

For every $15,000 donated by the Eastern Region, North America to HRI, a fund is named in honor or memory of an esteemed member. The honorees are:

L.C. ChadwickJames CrossWilliam Flemer III
Alfred J. Fordham David F. Hamilton Peter Orum
Ralph Shugert Jr.William SnyderJames Wells


IPPS Eastern Region Research Grants

In previous years, the Eastern Region IPPS funds ($3,000) supported the following Horticultural Research Institute projects:

  • Interactions between spotted lanternfly and woody ornamentals that influence tree health and insect fitness.
    Dr. K. Hoover, Pennsylvania State University
  • Submist for propagation of nursery crops by stem cuttings.
    Dr. B. Peterson, University of Maine
  • Using hyperspectral technology to assess seed quality of horticultural crops.
    Dr. M. Mesgaran, University of California – Davis
  • Fundamental aspects of auxin foliar spray applications to woody plant cuttings.
    Dr. R. Geneve, University of Kentucky
  • Measurement of plant nitrogen status in floriculture and nursery production using smartphones.
    Dr. K. Nemali, Purdue University