INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled
every year due to a lack of qualified applicants.
The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and
passionate young people willing to make a commitment to agriculture, especially
with a growing population and the subsequent need to feed an estimated 9 billion
people by the year 2050.
Monsanto Co. recently announced its launch of the America’s
Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program to get students in rural America
excited about careers in agriculture.
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, presented by Monsanto in
connection with the National FFA Scholarship program, offers students the chance
to earn a $1,500 scholarship for college.
“With $1,500 to put toward their college education, students
will be better prepared to make a meaningful contribution that benefits them,
their rural hometowns and the future of the agricultural industry,” said
Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager.
Agriculture is more than just farming — it’s thousands of
careers in a variety of fields, including plant science, engineering,
communications, finance and much more — and the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship is
available to students pursuing these and many other agricultural majors.
More than 16 percent of Indiana’s workforce is connected to
agriculture, with 573,874 Hoosiers employed by farms.
Monsanto recognizes and supports the role that farmers play
in the future of agriculture, so each Grow Ag Leaders applicant must have three
farmers endorse his or her application. Eligible farmers also can help generate
student interest in agricultural careers by spreading the word about this
scholarship opportunity to eligible students in their communities and
Indiana was chosen to pilot the Grow Ag Leaders program and
is one of only six states receiving the opportunity for scholarships this year.
This year, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is available in 36 Crop Reporting
Districts in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and South
A total of 83 Indiana counties in nine CRDs are eligible for
the program. Unless there are insufficient entries, 18 scholarships totaling
$27,000 will be awarded in Indiana.
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
Eligible students should visit FFA.org/scholarships for
complete program information and to complete the application between now and
Eligible farmers should visit FFA.org/scholarships or call
(877) 267-3332 before Feb. 8 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.