Twenty-two Ohio students have been awarded a total of $33,000 in college scholarships from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program raises awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry and provides scholarships to support students’ education in ag-related fields. Farmers play a vital role by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.
Garrett Stanfield, a 2016 Grow Ag Leaders scholarship recipient, exemplifies the quality of students who are a selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships because of his dedication to agriculture and leadership. He is from a third-generation Simmental farm in Manchester, Ohio and has served on National Simmental Board.
“Garrett is a true asset to the Agriculture Community and Industry. It is students like him that we need representing our industry and leading the next generation of agriculture,” said Andrew Sorrell, FFA advisor at Mason County High School. “His abilities and dedication to agriculture make him more than deserving of any agriculture award. I truly expect and know that he will do great things for our industry. It has been an honor and privilege to have Garrett in class and leading the Mason County FFA Chapter.”
Stanfield has served as the Secretary and, most recently, President of his Chapter. Even though he graduated last month his FFA era is not quite over, as the 2016 graduate is headed to the National FFA Convention later this year to participate in the Job Interview CDE. After that, he moves from his FFA Chapter to a new life chapter as he heads to college.
“I will be attending Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma this fall where I plan to major in Animal Science,” Stanfield said. “I also plan on taking part in their livestock judging team, which has become renowned across the country for their performance in contests.”
After his time at Redlands Community College, Stanfield’s goal is to finish his college career Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and he says recognition like the Grow Ag Leaders scholarships is a nice boost to help him get started.
“I really didn’t understand the cost involve with going to college until I really sat down to take a look at it,” Stanfield said. “This scholarship from Monsanto will be instrumental in helping me head to college this fall.”
Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students in 1,326 eligible counties across 40 states pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. FFA members and non-FFA members are both eligible to apply. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $1.1 million in scholarships has been awarded to students since Grow Ag Leaders piloted in 2014. For more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com.