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Edward A. Platz Memorial Scholarship

Edward A Platz - Plant Food Co.

Scholarship Program:

The New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is continuing the scholarship program initiated by the New Jersey Agribusiness Association in memory of Edward A. Platz.  This scholarship program promotes the tri-state area’s Agriculture and Green Industry students and assists them with their education.

Edward A. Platz is the Founder of Plant Food Company, Inc., the first Liquid Fertilizer Formulation Company in the state of New Jersey.  Edward was heavily involved in the Turfgrass and Agriculture Industry and served as President of the National Fertilizer Solutions Association. He was a true innovator who lived his life to serve and support others. In his memory this scholarship program keeps his spirit alive through the continued support of the industries he loved. 


Applicants for the NJGIC Edward A. Platz Memorial Scholarship Program must be... 

  • Enrolled at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States when receiving the scholarship
  • Possess an academic rank of sophomore, junior, or senior at that time
  • Applicant must be majoring in an Agriculture or Green Industry subject area (i.e. Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Ornamental Horticulture, Golf Management, Nursery, etc., or related field)
  • New Jersey resident 
  • Demonstrate an intention of pursuing a career in production, agriculture, or the Green Industry

Edward A. Platz NFSA Journal_1969

Additional Information:

Questions regarding the NJGIC Scholarship Program as well as all applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Buddy Freund
NJGIC Executive Director
PO Box 166
Succasunna, NJ 07876