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Michigan Potato Industry Commission 2018 Scholarship

Nathan Chesher  | Published on 10/4/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) is proud to continue an annual $1,000 scholarship for one Michigan post-secondary student pursuing an agriculture-related major. The scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2018 semester.

The Commission’s key strategic goal to expand talent development and collaboration within the industry is the focal point of this scholarship. “The Commission wants to help ag students in general because the entire agriculture industry can benefit from well-trained future leaders,” said Mike Wenkel, the Commission’s executive director.  “Post-secondary education is not only difficult, but expensive as well and we want to help students in any way possible prepare for promising futures in agriculture.”

Applicant must be a Michigan resident enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester in a Michigan-accredited post-secondary institution and maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (as verified by a transcript) in a major related to agriculture.

The application form requires the applicant to discuss his or her extracurricular activities, including leadership positions if any, as well as community involvement such as experience as a volunteer and participation in fund-raising events. Great weight in the evaluation process will be given to each applicant’s personal essay of 500 words or less detailing his or her educational and career goals and indicating how the scholarship will help in the achievement of those goals.  Space is also provided for employment history.  

Students interested in competing for the 2018 scholarship must submit their applications to the MPIC office no later than Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:30 P.M. The application instructions and forms are available on the Commission’s website. The full application, which must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation, can be submitted to the Commission’s office by mail, e-mail or FAX. Judging of the submissions will be conducted by Commission members or by a special committee appointed by the Commission.