HERNDON, Va. – The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) has announced the addition of four companies as the newest PLANET AEF Platinum Ambassadors.

Each of the companies recently pledged an additional $25,000, bringing the total each has pledged to the Foundation to $50,000. In doing so, these companies move from the PLANET AEF Ambassador level to Platinum Ambassador level. PLANET AEF awards scholarships to students enrolled in landscape contracting and/or horticulture programs at two- or four-year colleges and universities.

The following companies bring the number of PLANET AEF Platinum Ambassadors to 11:

  • CNA Insurance, Eustis, Fla.
  • Go iLawn and The Rorie Family, Loveland, Ohio
  • HighGrove Partners and The McCutcheon Family, Austell, Ga.
  • Husqvarna Professional Products, Charlotte, N.C.

PLANET AEF scholarships will be awarded at the annual PLANET Student Career Days, March 20-23, 2014, at Colorado State University, during a PLANET AEF Scholarship reception sponsored by STIHL, Inc.

PLANET AEF is halfway through its five-year campaign, developed by the PLANET AEF Board of Directors, to raise the fund balance from $2 million to $5 million. To date, the fund has grown to $3.7 million.

The Foundation recently launched a new website www.planetaef.org which showcases the work of the foundation and makes it easy to donate. In addition to Ambassador-level contributions, donations are accepted throughout the year at any level and are tax-deductible.