ALA. (Jan. 23, 2014) –America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program was launched to generate student interest in careers in agriculture. The America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship, presented by Monsanto in connection with the National FFA Scholarship program, offers rural students the chance to earn a $1,500 college scholarship. Students interested in studying an agriculture-related field can enter between now and February 1, 2014.
Alabama was chosen to pilot the Grow Ag Leaders program and is one of only six states receiving the opportunity for scholarships. This year, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is available in 36 Crop Reporting Districts (CRDs) in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina. In 13 counties, 8 scholarships, totaling $12,000 will be awarded in Alabama. A list of all 264 eligible counties within the 36 CRDs, and a full list of student and farmer eligibility requirements can be found at Grow AgLeaders.com.
“The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to agriculture,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto costumer advocacy outreach manager. “Monsanto is excited about helping to educate the next generation.”
Monsanto recognizes and supports the role farmers play in the future of agriculture, so each Grow Ag Leaders applicant must have three farmers endorse his or her application. Eligible farmers can also help generate student interest in agricultural careers by spreading the word about this scholarship opportunity to eligible students in their communities and families.
Eligible students can visit FFA.org/scholarships to complete the application, and for complete program information. Eligible farmers should visit FFA.org/scholarships or call 877-267-3332 before February 8, 2014, to endorse a student. Farmers must have the student’s scholarship application ID to complete the endorsement. No purchase is necessary to apply or win.
America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural communities, school districts and students. Again this year, the Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Now through April 6, 2014, farmers can go to www.GrowRuralEducation.com to nominate their local public school district for the opportunity to apply for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000.