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22 Minnesota students receive college scholarships from Monsanto

Farmers endorse local rural students for the company's Farmer Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program.

June 21, 2016

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Twenty-two Minnesota students have been awarded a total of $33,000 in college scholarships by Monsanto through its America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program.

The program provides scholarships to support students/ education in ag-related fields and helps raise awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry.

Farmers play an important role in the program by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.


Scholarship winners for 2016 are: Sabrina Portner, Brown County; Abby Penzentadler, Chisago County; Bailey Leaman, Cottonwood County; Marci Ricklick, Dakota County; Adam Buseman, Faribault County; Abigail Hopp, Fillmore County; Carson Bryan, Goodhue County; Amber Willis, Kandiyohi County; Brian Prchal, Le Sueur County; Blake Kahlbaugh, Mahnomen County; Lindsay Miller, McLeod County; Beth Moller, Mille Lacs County; Nolan Rockstad, Norman County; Anna Johnson, Ottertail County; Jason Carlson, Redwood County; Sierra Swanson, Renville County; Riley Donkers, Rice County; Martyn Novacek, Roseau County; Sam Thies, Sibley County; Aricka Roberson, Wabasha County; Bethany Christensen, Wilkin County; Abbey Weninger, Wright County.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students in 1,326 eligible counties across 40 states pursuing degrees in ag-related fields.

To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. FFA members and non-FFA members are both eligible to apply.

With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $1.1 million in scholarships has been awarded to students since Grow Ag Leaders piloted in 2014.

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Source: Monsanto

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