Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seventeen Ohio students were awarded a total of $25,500 in college scholarships this spring from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The new program encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 scholarships to support their education. Farmers play a vital role by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.By participating in the program, farmers are helping to develop new talent for the future of ag. The career paths most frequently cited by this year’s scholarship recipients are agronomy and farming, agricultural education and agricultural science and research. While many of the students come from farming families, some had little or no previous exposure to agriculture, but developed a strong interest in the industry through participation in FFA or other ag-related youth programs.Recipient Tyler White of Germantown, Ohio, is representative of the students who are selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships because of his passion for ag and strong leadership qualities. Farmer John Friedline of Farmersville, Ohio, endorsed White’s application.“Fewer young people want to get involved in agriculture and programs like Grow Ag Leaders help promote the industry to the younger generation,” Friedline said. “It’s great to have that support to help grow agriculture careers.”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. Applicants do not have to be FFA members but are required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.