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​Fund Descriptions​​

APS Foundation Endowment

This is the APS Foundation's general fund and is designed to support those programs that fall outside the scope of the more specific funds listed below. Since 1996, the APS Foundation has funded over 3.6 million dollars in awards and nearly 1,300 awards. ​

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Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Fund
Established in 2020, the objective of this experiential award​ is to support APS members' efforts at mentoring, with an emphasis on mentoring within underrepresented groups. Donate online​

Books for the World Fund ​
This award is to help scientists, educators, extension personnel and other agriculturalists in developing countries acquire educational materials from APS Press and to promote international distribution of APS Press books, CDs and other resources. Donate online​

J. Artie and Arra Browning Plant Medicine and Health Travel Fund
This fund provides graduate students majoring in the Doctor of Plant Medicine, Doctor of Plant Health, and similar programs assistance to attend and participate in a professional meeting or conference appropriate to their interests. Donate online​​

​​Frank L. Howard Undergraduate Fellowship Fund
This fund supports undergraduate research projects in plant pathology. Donate online​

French-Monar Latin American Fund
This fund was established by Edward R. French and Delia Monar French. Earnings from this endowment will provide support for Latin American plant pathologists to attend meetings, publish in journals, acquire publications, and join professional societies. Donate online​

Global Experience Fund

The Office of International Programs (OIP) launched this unique program aimed at helping APS plant pathologists working with scientists and extension personnel in developing countries in training and outreach efforts, from funds raised during the OIP Silent Auction. Donate online​

Global Membership Fund

The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers two-year sponsored APS memberships (up to 100) to support plant health professionals in developing countries. Donate online​​

International Travel Fund
This fund, established with the APS Office of International Programs (OIP), supports travel costs for early- to mid-career international APS members to participate in an APS Annual Meeting. Donate online​

Lucy Hastings de Gutiérrez Fund
This fund provides a cash prize for the APS Excellence in Teaching AwardDonate online​

I. E. Melhus Fund
This fund supports a student speaker or student symposium at the APS Annual Meeting. Donate online​​​

JANE Endowment
The JANE Endowment was established by Dr. John and Ann Niederhauser. This endowment supports international research for both the JANE Award offered by OIP as well as providing an award honorarium to the recipient of the APS Excellence in International Service Award.

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Mathre Education Endowment

This fund, established by Don and Judy Mathre, supports plant pathology education programs such as the APSnet Education Center. ​In 2014, it was expanded to include support for students pursuing a variety of projects and experiences.​ Donate online​

Noel T. Keen Fund
This fund provides a cash prize for the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant PathologyDonate online​

Plant Pathology Experiential Fund (OPSR)
This award is to promote career and research development experience and opportunities with organizations classified within industry and/or government. Purpose is ​to support professional development, learn about career opportunities and/or gain technical expertise in support of current research endeavors. Donate online​

APS Public Policy Endowment
This endowment supports the unique opportunity initiated by the APS Public Policy Board (PPB​) for an APS member to spend several months working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) each year. Donate online​

Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Endowment
This fund was established by Raymond J. Tarleton to support graduate students in plant ​pathology research and to encourage students to further their careers in plant pathology. Donate online​

Schroth Faces of the Future Fund
This fund was established by Milt and Nancy Schroth. Earnings from this endowment support the annual "Faces of the Future" symposium at the APS Annual Meeting, acknowledging up and comers in a specific area of plant pathology research. Donate online​

Steven C. Nelson Early Career Professional Development
​This award will provide support for early career plant pathologists in broadening their professional development through experiential learning and leadership opportunities.

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The Indian Phytopat​hology Society Student Travel Grant

​This fund encourages plant pathology students residing in India, who are members of The Indian Phytopathology Society (IPS), to attend the APS Annual Meeting or other APS sanctioned meeting if deemed appropriate by IPS and APS Foundation Board.​ The awardee is selected from among winners of 10 zonal level competitions in India and final awardees are selected on merit as determined by an IPS review committee and the APS Foundation.​

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Student Travel Grant Funds

The i​nterest from these funds helps underwrite the cost of APS Annual Meeting attendance for students. The Graduate Student Committee assists the Foundation in developing application standards and in selecting the grant recipients.​ 

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Student Travel Grants​ are given in honor of:​

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