The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 24, 2012

Farmers Federation offers scholarship to local students

By Lora Scripps
lora@athensnews-courier.com

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The Alabama Farmers Federation, an organization created by farmers and dedicated to serving farmers, is once again striving to promote the economic, social and educational interests of Alabamians.  The Limestone County Farmers Federation is once again offering a $1,000 scholarship with an option of renewal for up to four years to local students.

Qualifications

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior attending high school within Limestone County or a current full-time college student.

The student, parent or legal guardian must be a current member of the Limestone County Farmers Federation.  Children and grandchildren of current Limestone County Farmers Federation board of directors are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are also required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must pursue post-secondary education or training at an accredited college, university or technical school. Proof of college acceptance must accompany application. The applicant must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA for the scholarship to be renewed annually. Transcripts will be used for verification.

If applications do not fully meet the qualifications the scholarship committee may exercise its authority to award the scholarship at its discretion relative to the qualifications or may not award the scholarship to any applicant.

Scholarship application forms are available in the counselor’s office at area schools or at the ALFA office on U.S. 72 West. All items on the form must be completed. Students are asked to attach resumes detailing honors, activities, and community service and employment history. Students should include a certified copy of their high school transcript and a copy of their ACT/SAT score as well as two letters of recommendation and a copy of their college, university or technical school acceptance letter.

Students are also asked to include a written or typed paragraph stating why they should receive the scholarship and their career goals and objectives.

The Limestone County Farmers Federation will accept four applicants to interview with the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will consist of a Limestone County Farmers Federation board member, Limestone County educator and a Limestone County community leader.

Applications should be mailed to: Limestone County Farmers Federation Scholarship Committee, 524 U.S. 72 West, Athens, AL 35611.

Applications and all related information must be received by March 31.

For more information, call 256-233-3456.