Hobbton student earns scholarship

Hobbton High School student Victoria Johnson has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In the fall, Johnson will study agricultural education at North Carolina State University.

“We are committed to improving educational opportunities for students in rural communities. Grow Ag Leaders gives the Monsanto Fund and farmers the ability to help youth across the country with college expenses and assist in their pursuit of an ag education,” said Michelle Insco, Program Officer, the Monsanto Fund.

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Johnson to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders raises awareness of diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry and provides 352 scholarships nationwide to support student’s post high school ag education.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Both FFA members and non-FFA members are 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 a complete list of recipients or more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers community outreach initiative. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.MonsantoFund.org.