SCHOLARSHIPS

Osler Ortez, Kayla Beechinor, Catherine Jones, Amber Oerly,
Krista Russell, Dennis Maple (Corn Board Member from Indiana)

 

 Three Scholarships. Endless Opportunities

 

The grower-members who make up the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are committed to broadening educational opportunities and open doors to students who are passionate to serve rural America and keep their family farms thriving.  In 2019, we have expanded our scholarship offerings for three distinct audiences:

 

  • Technical School/Community College Students;
  • Undergraduate Students;
  • Graduate Students

 

While the applications for the three scholarships may be different, the basic eligibility requirements remain the same for all our programs:

 

  • Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.
  • Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019, by 11:59 Central Time.
  • Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.

 

NOTE: Each scholarship may have additional requirements

 

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Scholarships

For rural America to remain strong and vibrant, it needs a diverse workforce. Farmers need highly skilled workers, trained in the latest technology, to ensure that their farm operation runs smoothly.

 

Whether your educational pursuits are agricultural, mechanical, construction, engineering, or aviation-related, we want to help further your training.

 

NCGA will provide five $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree at a technical school.

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

  • Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member. 

  • The application must be submitted by December 1, 2019, by 11:59 Central Time.

  • Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.

 

Application Packet Must Contain:

 

  • Complete online application

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from non-family members, and at least one should be from a faculty member.)

  • Current resume

  • 500-word essay OR Link to a 2-3-minute YouTube video on “How I will be an advocate for agriculture in my future career.”

 

 

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in any field.

 

Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

 

 Eligibility Requirements

 

  • Applicant must be entering at least his/her second undergraduate year at an accredited junior college, college or university.

  • Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.

  • Employees and the families of employees of NCGA or any division of BASF or their subsidiaries are not eligible for the scholarship.

  • Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019.

  • Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.

 

Application Packet Must Include:

 

  • Completed application

  • Current transcript from junior college, college or university

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two must be from non-family members, and one should be from a faculty member)

  • Current resume

  • 500-word essay, limited to 1-page, on "How will YOU positively impact agriculture in your future career?"

  • 4-5 paragraphs explaining “What are the three most important issues facing agriculture today?”

 

Program Timeline

 

 

 

 

About BASF

 

BASF Crop Protection’s vision is to be the world’s leading innovator in optimizing agricultural production and improving and enhancing nutrition and the quality of life by delivering products and services that meet the needs of customers and contribute to the sustainability of agriculture. For more information on BASF please visit www.basf.com

 

About William C. Berg

 

The NCGA-BASF college scholarship program is named in honor of Ohio farmer William C. Berg.  A retired postal worker and farmer for more than 40 years, Bill served in various positions for both the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association. He tirelessly carried the agriculture message to Washington, DC year after year, where he sat face-to-face with congressmen and senators to lobby for sound agriculture policy on behalf of his fellow farmers. Bill passed away unexpectedly in 2012 and NCGA and Ohio Corn wished to honor his legacy. Program recipients can be proud to receive a scholarship honoring this staunch supporter of modern American agriculture.

 

NCGA understands the role of research and scientific discovery in production agriculture. We are proud to recognize the hard work and contributions of today’s graduate students who are working in the critical areas of Digital/Precision Ag, Germplasm/Breeding, Agronomy, Crop Protection and Sustainability.

 

To recognize their efforts, we will award one $2,500 scholarship to a graduate student who who’s area of study will benefit the corn sector. The 2020 winner will attend the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) June 1 – 3, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Increasingly recognized as an important industry networking event, CUTC offers attendees the chance to meet hundreds of key contacts across the corn value chain and learn how new technologies will enhance the value of corn: n new presentations on new starch uses, resistant starch and nutrition, biopolymers and higher valued products such as nutraceuticals. The Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition will showcase the latest student research and provide students an opportunity to network and advance their careers.

 
Increasingly recognized as an important industry networking event, CUTC offers attendees the chance to meet hundreds of valuable business contacts, identify potential new customers and learn how new technologies will enhance the value of corn. CUTC poster presentations will again provide an ideal showcase for the latest research and present students with a challenging competition.

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member. 

 

  • The application must be submitted by December 1, 2019, by 11:59 Central Time.

  • Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.

 

Application Packet Must Include:

 

  • Completed application

  • Current transcript from your graduate and undergraduate college or university

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

  • Current resume or CV

  • A 500-word essay, limited to 1-page: “Please describe how your interests and achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, demonstrate a capacity for leadership, commitment to using your knowledge to serve the agriculture industry and to applying your talents to improve the lives of others.”

 

 

 

2018-2019

Kayla Beechinor (WA) Washington State – Ag Biotech & Field Crop Management

 

Catherine Jones (NE) University of Nebraska – Ag & Environmental Science Communications

 

Amber Oerly (MI) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M – Ag Business

 

Krista Russell (IL) Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Environmental Science

 

Osler Ortez (NE) University of Nebraska – Agronomy & Horticulture

 

2017-2018

Santiago Tamagno (KS) Kansas State – Agronomy

 

Samantha Teten (NE) University of Nebraska – Agronomy

 

Nicole Gutzmann (CA) North Carolina State – Entomology

 

Emily Kreinbrink (OH) Ohio State – Food Science & Technology

 

Stephen Schwartz (IN) Purdue - Agronomy

 

2016-2017

Kelsey Barnes (TN), Texas A&M, International Ag

 

Izak Christensen (IA), Iowa State, Ag Business and Agronomy

 

Rodrigo Mendoza, (NE), University of Nebraska, Food Science & Technology

 

Rachel Stevens (NE), University of Nebraska, Mechanized Systems Management

 

Michael Tupper, (IA), Iowa State, Ag Engineering

 

2015-2016

Andrew Lauver (IA) Kansas State University - Agribusiness

 

Breanne Brammer (MO) University of Missouri - Ag Education

 

Beth Mordhorst (IA) University of Missouri - Animal Science

 

Leah Schwinn (OH) Ohio State University - Ag Communication

 

Katie Peterson (MN) Gustavus Adolphus College - Political Science

 

2014-2015

Caleb Brannon (TN) Murray State – Ag Business

Deja Jackson (SC) South Carolina State – Civil Engineering

 

Amber Pickard (MI) Michigan State – Agri Business Management

 

Faith Wendt (IL) University of Illinois - Agri Business Management

 

Elizabeth Wittenbach (MI) Michigan State - Agri Business Management

 

2013-2014

Clayton Carley (IL) Parkland College – Crop Science and Ag Education

 

Hillary Kletscher (IA) Iowa State – Biological Systems Engineering

 

Emma Likens (NE)  University of Nebraska - Ag Journalism

 

Nicole Schubert (IA) Iowa State – Animal Science

 

Lauren Zitelman (MO) University of Missouri – Agri Business and Management

 

2012-2013

Brent Sexton (IA) Iowa State – Animal Sciences

 

Emily Brundick (MO) University of Missouri – Ag Economics

 

Kyle Parmley (OK) Oklahoma State – Plant and Soil Sciences

 

Nicholas Peterson (MN) University of Minnesota – Plant Sciences

 

Sterling Schnepf (IA) Iowa State – Animal Sciences

 

2011-2012

Andy Chamra (IA) Iowa State – Ag Business

 

Andrew Perry (MO) University of Missouri – Ag Economics / Plant Science

 

Bethany Olson (IA) Iowa State – Ag Business / International Agriculture

 

Denise Beam (PA) Penn State – Animal Sciences

 

Gracie Weinzierl (IL) Illinois State – Ag Education/ Crop and Soil Science

 

 

2010-2011

Kristin DeSutter (IL) University of Illinois – Ag Communications

 

Andy Prignitz (IA) Iowa State - Ag Business/International Ag

 

Hayley Bunselmeyer (IL) University of Illinois – Crop Sciences

 

Amy Peyton (IA) Iowa State – Ag Business and Economics

 

Jessica Schwartz  (OH) Penn State – Horticulture and Crop Science

 

2009-2010

Charlene Barlieb (PA) Penn State – Animal Science

 

Carly Cummings (IA) Iowa State - Ag  Business/International Ag

 

Gina Meyer (MN) University of Minnesota - Animal Science

 

John Schultz (TN) University of Tennessee – Knoxville Food and Agribusiness

 

Lisa Tronchetti (IA) Iowa State Ag - Business/International Ag

 

 

2008-2009

Rita Cook, (IA)   Iowa State - Ag Business

 

Alex Coughlin, (SD) South Dakota State - Ag Business

 

Elias Klollenga, (IL) University of Illinois - Ag Business

 

Michael Sukalski, (MN) South Dakota State - Ag and Biosystems Engineering

 

Emily Treu, (WI) University of Wisconsin - Ag Ed and Ag Journalism

 

2007-2008

Catherine Simpson (CO) Colorado State - Meat Microbiology, PhD

 

James Seitzer (MN) University of Minnesota - Ag Business

 

Joshua Yoder (OH) Ohio State - Agribusiness and Applied Economics

 

Jason Buss (IL) University of Illinois - Ag Engineering

 

Lauren Schlosser (MO) University of Missouri - Animal Science