January 30, 2018 - Fifteen students pursuing higher education in agriculture will be able to reach their goals a bit easier this fall.
The GROWMARK Foundation is announcing a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two-or four-year degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field.
"The GROWMARK Foundation has supported youth and young leader education through scholarships since its inception," said Amy Bradford, Manager of the GROWMARK Foundation. "Our scholarship program had been tied to specific universities throughout our core geography, but we see a need for an additional general scholarship available to students throughout the United States and Ontario."
Applicants must complete an online application which includes academic information, community service and leadership activities, and essay questions regarding agriculture and cooperatives. Applications will be judged by a panel of agribusiness professionals.
"Expansion of the scholarship program provides the opportunity for more students to benefit from our interest in financially supporting those who choose to pursue an agriculture-related field of study," Bradford said.
High school seniors or students at any level of higher education may complete the application, which can be found at www.growmark.com/scholarship. Applicants must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the coming academic year at an accredited or bona-fide college, university or vocational-technical school, and must not be family members of selection committee members or managers of the Foundation. Applicants may not previously have obtained a Nationwide Agriculture Scholarship from the GROWMARK Foundation. Applications are due by midnight (Central Time) on April 13, 2018 and recipients will be notified by July 1, 2018.
Each scholarship check will be made payable to the respective educational institution, for deposit to the student's bursar account, to be used only for tuition and fees required for the enrollment or attendance of the student at the educational institution. Educational institutions must return unused funds if the student does not continue to be enrolled and in good standing at the institution for the term of the scholarship.
Foundation was formally incorporated in 2005 and supports 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation is focused on programs
and activities which support: the vitality of the industry of agriculture;
agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture's contributions
to society and the economy; agricultural leadership development; and education
about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business. The GROWMARK
Foundation is funded and supported by GROWMARK, Inc., a regional cooperative
providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and
services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than
40 states and Ontario, Canada.