For almost 15 years, The African Violet Society of America (AVSA) has offered a college scholarship program for students—undergraduate and graduate—who are studying ornamental horticulture, floriculture, plant genetics, botany, or an equivalent program in an accredited college or university. The award is funded through annual investment income from the Boyce Edens Research Fund. Dependent upon funds available from financial market activity at the time, one or possibly two students are selected annually. The award is generally offered for one academic year—two long semesters—at a time. Awardees are invited to apply in successive years but will be in competition with new applicants.
Prior to application, students must have completed a minimum of 24 semester or quarter hour credits, while maintaining at least a “B” average. Awards are based upon “merit.”
The application form is available on line here or inside the January issue of The African Violet Magazine, or from student request through the AVSA office. The completed form shall be submitted, along with an official transcript and two professor recommendations, to the Scholarship Selection Committee by March 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic school year.
AVSA remains dedicated to the recognition and advancement of horticultural and related study at the college level.
When the AVSA Board of Directors established the Tinari Endowment Fund to honor Anne and Frank Tinari, it was for the purpose of future financial security for AVSA. It was stipulated that only the interest could be used, and then only after the fund reached $100,000. The fund now has a balance of over $77,000. An anonymous donor, in an effort to reach the $100,000 goal, and allow AVSA to use the interest for operating expenses, has challenged the Society to raise $15,000. He, or she, will then donate $15,000, and push the balance over the goal. There is no time limitation, just the dollar amount. So, whenever a donation is made, the value will be doubled. Please consider making a donation now to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. You may online, or send your donation to Janet Riemer, Tinari Endowment Fund Chairman, 256 Pennington-Harbourton Rd., Pennington, N.J. 08534
Donating to AVSA
You can financially help AVSA remain strong through your gift-giving. A number of opportunities are available to ensure that AVSA continues to prosper long into the future. If you wish to make a donation other than through this website, information is available in the African Violet Magazine or by contacting the AVSA office. The African Violet Society of America Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The AVSA Booster Fund
Donations to the Booster Fund are used for general support of the AVSA.
The AVSA Building Maintenance Fund
This fund is for maintaining the building that houses the AVSA business office.
The Boyce Edens Research Fund
Monies from this fund are used to provide scholarship awards for college students who are studying horticulture. Mr. Boyce Edens was a founder of AVSA and its first Treasurer.
The Anne and Frank Tinari Endowment Fund
This fund was established for the long-term financial stability of AVSA. Donations go into a principal fund which generates income that is used for AVSA support. This fund is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Tinari, who were commercial growers and hybridizers of African violets. They were avid promoters of AVSA since its inception and each served as President of the Society.
Donors also have the opportunity to designate the Tinari Fund as a beneficiary of their estate. For more information on these types of gifts, see the Tinari Endowment and Legacy Society information page.
The Legacy Society is an honorary recognition of generous donors to the Tinari Fund. For more information, see the Tinari Endowment and Legacy Society information page.