The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is now accepting applications for the fourth class of the Future Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship (FLAGship) Program. The FLAGship Program is a scholarship program for future ag leaders in Nebraska. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) will award up to 5 $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors or college freshman who are continuing their education in the state of Nebraska. New this year, two of the scholarship will be open to non-ag majors, and three will be open to ag-only majors.
“Each time we look over applications for this program, the quality of applicants seems to get better and better,” said Dan Nerud, President of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. “We are excited to open a portion of the scholarship program to non-ag majors this year. We know we will need friends in every field to keep the future of agriculture bright.”
To be eligible for this scholarship students must be a member of NeCGA or the son/daughter of an NeCGA member. The application for the FLAGship Program must include one letter of recommendation, a current resume (not to exceed one page), as well as proof that the student is continuing their education in state. Applicants are also asked to explain how they will advocate for agriculture in their future career as well as what issues they feel the ag industry is currently facing.
Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. Packets can be mailed to 4435 O Street, Suite 210 Lincoln, NE 68510 ATTN: Scholarship, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Recipients will be notified by April 2019 and scholarships will be distributed in December 2019. For more information about the scholarship and an application, please visit necga.org
or call (402) 438-6459
Kevin Donnelly, Ph.D., was honored for his support of the National Sorghum Foundation scholarship program in October following a Center for Sorghum Improvement Seminar at Kansas State University.
“Dr. Donnelly has been a great supporter of the National Sorghum Foundation’s scholarship effort by helping promote these scholarships to K-State students as well as providing countless letters of support for scholarship applicants,” said Larry Lambright, National Sorghum Foundation chairman.
Donnelly served as the assistant dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State for 10 years before returning to the classroom as a professor of crop science. Along with teaching and advising, Donnelly has played a large role as co-advisor for the Wheat State Agronomy Club and coach of the K-State Crops Teams. The guidance he provides to students as they navigate the academic process, as well as his mentorship in preparing them for the world beyond college, has been valuable to the university.
Kansas State has had a consistently high number of National Sorghum Foundation scholarship applicants over the last several years, largely due to Donnelly’s encouragement and effort. Applicants from K-State have been successful, many of them receiving NSF scholarships.
“The work that Donnelly has done with these young people has benefitted them, as well as K-State and the state of Kansas,” Lambright said, “as these students will become the producers, researchers, agronomists, instructors and agricultural leaders of tomorrow.”
Donnelly was awarded a letter of recognition at the ceremony as well as a $5,000 unrestricted honorarium for his support and efforts.