Syngenta seeks to award students who embrace diversity in ag through scholarship program

  • $20,000 in total awards available
  • Applications now being accepted until May 26, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AgEdu–Syngenta invites eligible university students to apply to its annual Syngenta
Agricultural Scholarship
program, which has been expanded to include
90 additional universities for 2017. Applicants are asked to share what
diversity in agriculture means to them, as well as their perspective on
the importance of diversity and inclusion to the future of the industry.

“Syngenta celebrates diversity in agriculture through our support of
FarmHer and other initiatives that promote the critical role everyone,
including underrepresented groups, plays in the success of the
industry,” said Vern Hawkins, president, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.
“The future advancement of agriculture is incumbent upon new and diverse
backgrounds, experiences and perspectives being brought into the fold.”

University students currently pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees in
crop-related disciplines are eligible to compete for $20,000 in
scholarship awards. Applicants must be U.S. residents enrolled as of
spring 2017 in an accredited agriculture program at an eligible
university.

“Agriculture is a reflection of the remarkable and diverse tapestry of
nature, so it is only fitting that our industry and workforce reflect
the diversity of the U.S. and global population as well,” said Mary
Streett DeMers, senior communications lead, Syngenta. “We are excited to
hear from students across the country who also embrace and value the
importance of diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to supporting
their contributions to its success as future leaders.”

The 2016 winners are two young women who are already contributing to
agriculture. They both credit key people in their lives for encouraging
them to succeed. Bachelor’s level winner Abigail Arthaud learned from
her father’s example that working in agriculture requires patience and
an ability to embrace change. His character influenced her desire to
tell the stories of farmers around the world and learn from the
experiences of others by pursuing a career in ag journalism.

Sharon Perrone, 2016 master’s level national winner, was encouraged by
her mentor to think critically, question assumptions and explore all
perspectives along her path of self-discovery in agriculture. “I look
forward to utilizing these skills and collaborating with others to
become an agent of positive change in the food system.”

Syngenta will award scholarships to the 2017 winners this fall.

For additional information about the scholarship, including official
rules, prize amounts, essay topic, eligible universities and application
guidelines, please visit syngentaus.com/scholarship.

For more information about Syngenta, visit www.syngenta.com.
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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food
security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available
resources. Through world- class science and innovative crop solutions,
our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how
crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation,
enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn
more, visit www.syngenta.com
and www.goodgrowthplan.com.
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Syngenta
Mary Streett DeMers, 336-632-2156
mary.demers@syngenta.com
or
Dane
McMillan, 919-870-5718
dmcmillan@gscommunications.com