Syngenta AG will accept applications through June 14 for $1,500 college scholarships intended to aid the next generation of agricultural leaders, with an emphasis on the sugar beet industry.
Applicants for the Syngenta Sugar Beet Scholarship program must be involved in 4-H, FFA or the sugar beet industry, with plans to major in an agriculture-related field. The program is open to high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors.
A scholarship will be awarded to the top candidate attending school or residing in each of five regions. Region 1 includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Applicants are asked to submit essays of 700 words or less answering the following questions: What do you see as the biggest challenge to sugar beet production or the industry in general, and why? What do you recommend the industry consider to address this problem?
Applications are available at www.SyngentaSugarbeetScholarship.com/. Submissions will be taken online and can also be mailed to: Emily Reynolds, Gibbs & Soell, 125 S. Wacker Dr., Ste 2600, Chicago, IL 60606.
Last year's winner for Region 1 was Stephanie George of Washington. George advised future agricultural leaders to take advantage of opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school. She managed to enter college with credits equivalent of a sophomore.
"I would recommend that every student take advantage of opportunities in high school to earn college credit, not only to challenge themselves, but also to put them ahead of others their age and better prepare themselves for college," George said.