To strengthen the future of agriculture, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to award scholarships to students pursuing careers in any agriculture-related field of study.

Erin Glarner, Grow Ag Leaders Program Manager, says the program was developed to help encourage rural students to pursue careers in agriculture and highlights there are many eligible careers both on and off the farm.

“The agriculture industry is growing, and we need skilled workers for the future. From agronomy to welding to ag communications or veterinary science, there are many career options that are eligible within our program and we encourage all eligible students to apply.”

Glarner encourages students enrolled or planning to enroll in trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities to apply for the $1500 scholarships.

“The program is available to students pursuing ag related degrees at either a trade school, community college or traditional four year university, they just need to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify. Each applicant also needs to receive an endorsement from two local farmers. It’s open to FFA, and non-FFA members. The program is open now until January 11.”

Glarner emphasizes that the Bayer Fund has a long history of giving back to local rural communities through its various community outreach programs, helping farmers to further strengthen their communities.

“Through the Bayer Fund, we’ve awarded nearly $65 million to rural communities since 2010. The Grow Ag Leaders program alone has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students across the U.S. This year we will be giving away over 350 scholarships totaling more than $500,000.”

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit the Bayer Fund Website. The deadline to apply is January 11th, and farmer endorsements must be submitted by January 18th

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