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NAFWA announces scholarship

April 20, 2012  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Apr. 20, 2012, Winston-Salem, NC — The North American Flower Bulb Wholesalers Association (NAFWA) is now accepting applications for the Karl Schroff Memorial Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship is for the 2012-2013 academic year and will be awarded by July 31. Any college student studying flower bulbs or horticulture is invited to apply by July 1.

The scholarship is named after Karl Schroff, a customs broker who helped numerous flower bulb companies get their products into the United States for more than 50 years. Schroff died in 2003 at the age of 81.


“NAFWA is proud to offer this scholarship to honour the legacy of Karl Schroff, an incredible person who was always looking out for others and cared deeply about the success and longevity of the flower bulb industry,” said Jack DeVroomen, NAFWA board member and owner of a Dig.Drop.Done Foundation Member company.

Many people involved in the bulb trade have fond memories of Schroff. His helpfulness, personality and business sense won the hearts of all who met him. He was knowledgeable about the flower bulb business and made frequent trips to Holland to visit customers and educate them about the import process.

The company he built — Karl Schroff and Associates — was later acquired by Western Overseas, Inc.

The funds to be awarded through the Karl Schroff Scholarship were donated by Western Overseas and the Schroff family.

For more information or to download an application, visit

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