(Posted Tue. Mar 3rd, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships last week at Commodity Classic 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year, the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.
“These students are already showing a lot of promise and potential to have a positive impact on American agriculture,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “BASF’s support for this program allows us to ease the financial burden on these students, so they can more readily focus on their education and their lives after college.”
The program awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to the following students:
- Caleb Brannon of Puryear, Tennessee – a winner of last year’s ASA SOY scholarship, Caleb is a sophomore at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, studying agricultural business.
- Deja Jackson of St. Helena Island, South Carolina – a senior at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, studying civil engineering. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Florida this fall.
- Amber Pickard of Hastings, Michigan – a junior at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, studying agribusiness management.
- Faith Wendte of Urbana, Illinois – a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, studying agribusiness management.
- Elizabeth Wittenbach of Belding, Michigan – a junior at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, studying agribusiness management.
“Investing in the future is how the agricultural industry can sustain success,” said Neil Bentley, director of marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF. “As BASF celebrates its 150th anniversary, we are pleased to provide scholarships to bright, agriculture-passionate individuals to invest in that future and assure the sustainability of the industry in the years to come.”
For more information on the scholarship program, click here.