Apply for the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship

About the scholarship

The Dr. P. Allen Hammer scholarship fund was founded in 2016, named after Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgement for the contributions Dr. Hammer has made to the floriculture industry throughout his career as a university professor at Purdue University as well as his decade of service supporting the Dümmen Orange organization as a technical specialist. The scholarship fund is intended to extend Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students towards the completion of their horticulture-related academic pursuits.


This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to one student studying horticulture or floriculture. Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in horticulture in one of the following areas: academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. The recipient of the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship will be announced at Cultivate in July. Applications are due annually on June 15.


The Dr. P. Allen Hammer scholarship is intended for applicants who are:

  • Entering their sophomore through senior year in the upcoming fall semester;
  • Pursuing a degree in the floriculture/horticulture field;
  • Enrolled in an accredited education institution in the US or Canada; and
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Apply for the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship

About Dr. P. Allen Hammer

Dr. P. Allen Hammer served the floriculture industry through extension and research at Purdue University, from 1973-2006 and at Dümmen Orange from 2006-2021. While at Purdue he worked with Indiana growers to solve greenhouse production problems and to provide advice and counsel on issues related to floriculture. Allen was the lead scientist on the National Poinsettia Trial, a joint effort among Purdue University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, which provides research grants to university floriculture researchers.

In addition to his extension and research initiatives, he was the lead faculty member of a FIPSE grant for an undergraduate study abroad program between three U.S. and four E.U. universities. Dr. Hammer has trained outstanding graduate students, who now hold key positions in floriculture at universities and in the private sector.

His vision was that every horticulture student should have an international experience as part of their university education.

Following retirement from Purdue, Dr. Hammer continued to contribute to floriculture through product development and technical support as a member of Dümmen Orange’s North American team. He was integrally involved in the development and design of one of Dümmen Orange’s premier production location: Las Mercedes, in El Salvador. Dr. P. Allen Hammer works with growers across North America helping to optimize their production practices, troubleshoot and/or align the optimal Dümmen Orange product for their programs. He is also an integral resource for the Dümmen Orange staff on production nuances in the broad assortment the organization offers.