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.