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Kaylee Burton  a member of the North Lyon County FFA in Allen shown with NASCAR driver Clint Bower, left, and her FFA advisor, Jacob Lang
SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Kaylee Burton (center), Americus, is a member of the North Lyon County FFA in Allen. She is shown with NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (left) and her FFA advisor, Jacob Lang. Her chapter was invited to be part of the festivities when Bowyer raced to raise money for a new scholarship, the Left Turns for Learning award.

NASCAR driver raises funds for ag scholarship one lap at a time

Clint Bowyer completed 267 laps during an Oct. 20 race at Kansas Speedway, raising $10,138.

When NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer started the Oct. 20 race at Kansas Speedway, he had more than his own rewards to consider. As part of the new Left Turns for Learning Scholarship program, Bowyer was teamed up with the National FFA organization and the Dekalb-brand corn team, and the number of laps he competed with the No. 14 Dekalb Ford Mustang determined the size of the scholarship that will be awarded to a college student in 2020.

Bowyer completed 267 laps in the race, and the 2020 scholarship will be $10,138.

Local FFA students from Bowyer’s hometown area were invited to an exclusive experience at the race. Students were able to participate in the Dekalb Champions of Yield festivities, including a trivia game with Bowyer.

“With the cost of education, the Left Turns for Learning scholarship provides kids additional opportunities they normally wouldn’t have,” says Staci Garriott, Southern Lyon County FFA advisor. “Clint is a local in the area, and he does phenomenal work supporting his hometown community. It’s exciting for the kids to meet and interact with him at the race. He continues to do great things for the kids, and this is evident with his involvement in this scholarship program.”

“There’s nothing better than taking the No. 14 Dekalb Ford Mustang to the track to directly benefit ag students, Bowyer says. “Dekalb is a consistently high-performing brand, so it’s an honor to work with category leaders dedicated to performance, technology and helping current and future farmers succeed.”

The Left Turns for Learning Scholarship was created by Dekalb and Asgrow to help students achieve their goals and advance the agriculture industry by focusing on performance.

NASCAR driver Clint Bower  surrounded by members of the North Lyon County FFA Chapter from Allen and the Southern Lyon County FFA chapter from OlpeHONORED STUDENTS: NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (center in Dekalb hat), is surrounded by members of the North Lyon County FFA Chapter from Allen and the Southern Lyon County FFA chapter from Olpe. On Oct. 20, Bowyer completed 267 laps at Kansas Speedway to raise $10,138 for the 2020 Left Turns for Learning scholarship.

“We’re really excited to partner with the National FFA and Clint to invest in the future of ag, says Pete Uitenbroek, Dekalb Asgrow brand marketing lead. For one selected student, this scholarship not only helps them reach their ‘finish line,’ but also illustrates how superior performance is driven by innovation, perseverance and the team supporting you.”

Eligible FFA high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores or juniors pursuing an ag-related degree can apply for the scholarship through Jan. 15 by visiting the National FFA website at ffa.org/scholarships. The scholarship winner will be notified by FFA in April 2020.

Visit dekalbasgrow.com/leftturns for more info, and follow the conversation on social media with the  #LeftTurns4Learning #GoClintGo.

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