Agriculture is one of the top hiring sectors in the U.S., but few high school and college students currently intend to pursue a career in agriculture. In fact, recent research shows that employers have nearly 60,000 job openings in agriculture each year, but only approximately 35,000 students graduate each year with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture.1
That’s why the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and administered by the FFA, awards scholarships to help develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. Now through Feb. 1, 2017, students looking to pursue higher education in an agriculture-related field of study from a two- or four-year program or trade school are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship through the program.
This year, more than 350 scholarships totaling more than $500,000 will be awarded across 41 states thanks to farmer endorsements of applications and support of the program. Scholarships are available for a variety of ag-related fields including farming, agronomy, education, science, technology, business, communications, and more.
“The agriculture field provides many exciting and important career opportunities for today’s students, and we feel it’s important to support youth who are pursuing their studies in this growing and dynamic industry,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Through our America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program, with the support of farmers, we are raising awareness of ag-related careers and providing scholarships that will help develop future ag leaders.”