Since 2000, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture Committee has invested $43,000 in the education of 17 McPherson County students who have chosen to pursue agriculture-related areas of study. The $2,500 scholarship that is awarded each year is then matched from the Agriculture Future of America Scholarship Foundation.
More than any industry today, agriculture is facing an incredible challenge to find future leaders. Agriculture Future of America is stepping up to this challenge by partnering with individuals, businesses as the McPherson Chamber of Commerce to encourage men and women to attend college and pursue an education in agriculture and food sciences.
“We are proud of our partnership with Agriculture Future of America and being able to provide an annual scholarship by the support we get from individuals as well as proceeds from the When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest & Fly In”, said Jennifer Burch, executive director of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce. “The When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest & Fly In event is the primary resource for the funding of the funds raised to support the scholarship fund.
“Students majoring in traditional agriculture programs as well as non-traditional agriculture programs are eligible. Some agricultural areas that are often overlooked in their link to agriculture include food sciences, biosciences, landscape architecture, horticulture, natural resources, golf course superintendent, plant processing engineer,/manager, producer, biochemist, cartographer (GPS mapping), park ranger, wildlife biologist; growing areas include: bio technology, science and research (animal and plant). Just about any career you can think of can have an agricultural application.”
Applications are available at the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, 306 N. Main St. They must be completed by March 10 and turned in to the Chamber Office. Applications are available at all the McPherson County high schools.