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Sophie Bell awarded ag scholarship

Sophie Bell
Sophie Bell

KEOTA – Recent Washington High School graduate and Keota native Sophie Bell has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund.

In the fall, Bell will study Agricultural Business Management at Iowa State University.

“Bayer Fund is committed to improving educational opportunities in STEM fields for students in rural communities. The Grow Ag Leaders program provides an opportunity to help youth across the country with college expenses and encourage their pursuit of an ag

education,” said Michelle Insco, Program Officer, Bayer Fund.

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Bell 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 two local farmers. Both FFA members and non-FFA members are eligible to apply. With support from Bayer Fund, more than $3.2 million in scholarships has been awarded to students since Grow Ag Leaders began in 2014. For a complete list of recipients or more information, visit americasfarmers.com.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers community outreach initiative. Since 2010, the programs have partnered with farmers to award more than $57 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more