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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 hbergren@nfo.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.
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