Farm Credit Mid-America is now taking applications for the Farm Credit Scholarship. This scholarship is available to Farm Credit Mid-America customers, children of customers, grandchildren of customers and spouses of customers. More information about the Farm Credit Scholarship and other scholarships sponsored by Farm Credit can be found at e-farmcredit.com. Applications for the Farm Credit Scholarship can be submitted by clicking on "Community" then "Scholarships" then "Farm Credit Scholarship Program." The local Farm Credit Mid-America office can also be contacted to obtain an application at (740) 373-8211. Applications must be received by Feb. 28.
Farm Credit, a $20 billion financial services cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, is committed to the future of agriculture. In 2014 alone, Farm Credit will invest almost $150,000 in scholarship funds.
"The farming population is aging," said Bob Foster, regional vice president. "Fifty percent of farmers are less than ten years away from retirement. Providing the financial means for youth interested in furthering their agricultural knowledge is a solid way to protect the future of farming. As agriculture continues to grow and evolve we will do our part to help students continue to grow with the industry."
"Often, a Farm Credit Mid-America scholarship is not just a scholarship," said Sarah Ayer, a past Farm Credit Scholarship recipient and current employee. "For me, it has led to a career I love. The extra money to put toward my education was fantastic, I also quickly learned of the Farm Credit Internship Program. My time as an intern provided me with exposure to farming operations that were much different than what I was familiar with, as well as the day to day operations of Farm Credit. The Farm Credit Scholarship partnered with my internship cultivated my interest in diverse farming operations. I'm so excited to start a career with a company who gives back to the community I live in, in so many ways."
In addition to the Farm Credit Scholarship, the cooperative also provides scholarships to 4-H, FFA and universities across the association's four-state territory.