Agriculture is one of the top hiring sectors in the United States, but very few high school and college students currently intend to pursue a career in agriculture. Recent research shows that employers have nearly 60,000 job openings in agriculture each year, but approximately 35,000 students graduate each year with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture.
As a result America’s Farmer Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and administered by the FFA, awards scholarships to help develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. Now through February 1students looking to pursue higher education in agriculture related fields of study from a two or four year program or trade school are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship in the program.
This year 350 scholarships are available totaling $500,000. They will be awarded across 41 states thanks in large part to farmer endorsements of applications and support of the program. Scholarships are available for a variety of ag-related fields including farming, agronomy, education, science , technology, business, communications, and more.
Those seeking more information can visit www.growagleaders.com or to apply go to www.ffa.org/scholarships.