03 November 2023, USA: Syngenta announced the names of eight students who each received a $1,000 scholarship award. The scholarship program is a partnership between Syngenta and CropLife America Foundation. The scholarship application is through National FFA Foundation. University students based in the United States and pursuing bachelor’s or associate degrees in crop-related agricultural disciplines are eligible to compete for the scholarships.
This year’s scholarship winners are:
- Brandon Bixler, Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Agricultural Education. “I was profoundly impacted by my agricultural educators during my time in high school. I hope to teach agricultural education at a high school in Pennsylvania, I hope to make a similar impact on my future students.”
- Landon Butcher, Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in Accounting. “You’ve given me even more motivation to continue my hard work and maintain an exceptional GPA. It means a lot to me to be able to receive this scholarship.”
- Hunter Eide, South Dakota State University, majoring in Dietetics. “My time in FFA has truly shaped who I am today. From learning how to tie a tie to confidently speaking in front of thousands of people, this organization has truly impacted me. Thank you for investing in FFA, myself, and the next generation of leaders who will change the world.”
- Lydia Johnson, Iowa State University, majoring in Agricultural Communications. “My goal is to pursue a career serving the agriculture industry by combining my interests in policy, journalism, and broadcasting. I’m truly grateful for your generosity that will allow me to continue pursuing my personal and professional goals at Iowa State and beyond.”
- Emma Kuss, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Horticulture. “FFA inspired me to get involved in agriculture and helped me find my passion, so I am forever grateful to the organization. In the future, I hope to work as a greenhouse production manager and possibly open my own greenhouse and garden center.”
- Cody Lehman, Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Plant Science. “I’ve known for a long time that my passion is plant science, and that I want to pursue a career doing something I love in the field of agronomy and soils. I’m paying for my own education, and scholarships like this one go a long way towards reducing the burden of student debt and making college a possibility.”
- Macie McPeak, Oklahoma State University, majoring in Agronomy & Crop Science. “My future goals are to help feed third-world countries through research and development as a soil physicist.”
- Katie Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Agricultural Education. “I aspire to give back to those who have helped me, while being a true advocate of agriculture and agricultural literacy. My ultimate goal is to open an agri-tourism/agricultural education center that helps teach agricultural education in an informal setting, and that also employs many high school students, provides scholarships, and is able to invest in the local community.”
Those interested in applying for the scholarship for 2024 can visit the FFA Scholarship portal. Applications open in November.
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