The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corp. have joined forces for the second year to award five $1,000 scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. 

“Education of young growers is vital to the continued success of American agriculture,” says Tim Dolan, NCGA chairman grower services action team and a Winthrop, Minn., farmer.  “Through this valuable program we are assisting tomorrow’s agricultural leaders to excel in a world of increased technological and scientific sophistication.”

“Education is critical to the future success of agriculture and BASF is very pleased to partner with NCGA again this year to help deserving students pursue their dreams,” says  Markus Heldt, group vice president, North America, BASF.  “BASF and NCGA share a common vision of creating opportunities for corn growers and their families.  We believe this scholarship program is one way to help make that vision a reality.”

“We really appreciate the fact that BASF has shown leadership in supporting this program,” says Bob Dickey, NCGA president. “Our agribusiness partners are an important part of our ability to provide high-quality and innovative services to our members and our industry.”

Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications can be submitted as early as Nov. 1, 2008, but must be postmarked on or before Jan. 23, 2009. Complete rules are in the application packet at

Source: NCGA