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For Immediate Release
National Farmers rolls out 2018 Farm Kids for College Scholarship Competition
AMES, Iowa (Dec. 4, 2017) —College isn’t getting any cheaper.
But for American youth interested in agriculture, National Farmers is launching
its 2018 Farm Kids for College Scholarship competition for high school seniors.
One year at a four-year public institution, with in-state
tuition, costs an average of $9,410, for tuition and fees alone, according to CollegeBoard.
However, National Farmers’ Farm Kids for College Scholarship can help youth pursuing
agriculture degrees if they win one of three $1,000 scholarships.
“Students have a variety of educational choices when it
comes to pursuing agricultural degrees. From Division I universities and private
colleges, to community colleges with key farm-related programs, excellence in education
and training isn’t hard to find for dairy, grain and livestock specialties,” said
Farm Kids for College Scholarship
Coordinator Helene Bergren. High school seniors planning
to earn an agriculture-related degree from an accredited college or university are
eligible, and must submit materials by March 1, 2018. Based upon competitive selection,
National Farmers will announce three national scholarship winners April 12, 2018.
All three winners will receive $1,000.
“According to CollegeBoard, as of 2011, those people who
held a bachelor’s degree and worked full-time earned $21,100 more, on average, than
full-time workers with only a high school diploma.,” Bergren said. “I encourage
high school students as they’re considering career options, to pursue the agricultural
focus if that’s where their passion lies. We need young farmers, and a host of agricultural
professionals. Youth should get started on their Farm Kids for College Scholarship
applications right away.”
In addition to completing the application, students write
two essays related to agriculture. Students must also submit two letters of reference.
Applications and accompanying materials are also available on nationalfarmers.com.
Go to About Us, then Scholarships.
Farm Kids for College applications are due March 1, 2018,
to the National Farmers representative listed above. For more information about
National Farmers’ scholarship program, or to request an application packet, contact
Helene Bergren at 800-247-2110 Ext. 4670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow National Farmers on Facebook or Twitter, with the
@NatlFarmers handle, to keep up with agriculture and National Farmers news. The
Farm Kids for College 2018 contest hashtag is #FKC18.