AgStar accepting high school senior scholarship applications
Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:58 AM
The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting applications for its high school senior scholarship program, which awards up to 20 students with $1,000 scholarships.
The AgStar High School Scholarship Program is designed for students who have an interest in an ag-related field, and/or have an ag or rural background. Of the 20 students awarded, 15 will be selected from candidates who are specifically pursuing an ag-related degree. Additionally, up to five students will be selected based on their ag background and experience but their specific career goals need not be tied to agriculture.
"AgStar is committed to youth who are passionate about agriculture," said John Monson, chair of AgStar's Fund Board of Trustees. "We believe it's imperative to support rural youth as they pursue their future endeavors, bringing their talents and skills back to rural America."
Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and live in AgStar's local service area. Applicants are selected based on academic achievement, leadership characteristics and community involvement. Four winners will be chosen from each of AgStar's five regions.
To apply for the scholarship, students should visit AgStar's website to download the application form. Applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered.
To date, the Fund has given $154,500 in scholarships to 160 students through the high school scholarship program, which began in 2005. Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America.
AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar's industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide.
The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 14,000 stockholders.
The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar's Fund for Rural America. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.