January 30, 2018

Dümmen Orange announces second year of Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship

Dümmen Orange launches the search for candidates in the second year of The Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship.

Columbus, OH, January 30, 2018 | Dümmen Orange launches the search for candidates in the second year of The Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship. Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgement for the contributions he has made to the floriculture industry throughout his career. The scholarship 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.

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student studying horticulture or floriculture. The recipient is announced in July during Cultivate. Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in horticulture in one of the following areas: academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. Last year’s recipient, Michael Del Valle Jr., is a recent graduate who studied horticulture at the University of Georgia. Michael was selected for his academic performance, floriculture experience, UGA Horticulture Club participation, Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society membership, and career goals, all of which aligned with the intent of the scholarship. Upon graduating this past December, he began working at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as an Assistant Horticulturist, though he aspires to start his own cut flower farm as soon as he can.

Applications for the 2018 award are due on June 15. More information and the scholarship application can be found under the ‘About Us’ tab at DummenOrange.com.

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-present day.  While at Purdue, he worked with Indiana growers to solve greenhouse production problems and to provide advice on issues related to floriculture.  Dr. Hammer was the lead scientist on the National Poinsettia Trial, a joint effort between 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. Dr. Hammer has trained outstanding graduate students, who now hold key positions in floriculture at universities and in the private sector. 

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

About Dümmen Orange  

Dümmen Orange is a leading company in the breeding and development of cut flowers, bulbs, succulents, pot plants, bedding plants and perennials. Its annual turnover is approximately 240 million euros. The company employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. In addition to a large marketing and sales network, Dümmen Orange has a strong network of production sites. The key to Dümmen Orange’s success is a broad and deep product range, supported by a global supply chain. The company embraces its social responsibilities and invests in the health, safety and personal development of its staff.

For more information:

Kate Santos, Operations Director, Dümmen Orange

K.Santos@DummenOrange.com / +1 (614) 850-9551