Farm Credit offering six scholarships to seniors

Special to The Sun

Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is providing scholarship opportunities to college-bound high school seniors for a second year. The agricultural lender will award six $1,500 AgVocator Scholarships for seniors within its chartered territory, which includes 18 counties in the Florida Panhandle.

The Advocators Scholarship is meant to encourage young people to use their talents to create stronger communities in the rural areas where they live. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in agriculture, forestry, horticulture or a similar field.

“As ‘Advocator’s,’ Farm Credit actively supports our rural and agricultural communities,” said President and CEO Rick Bitner. “The Advocators Scholarship Program is one of the ways that Farm Credit invests in the young people of the rural communities we serve.”

Two students in each of Farm Credit of Northwest Florida’s regions will receive a scholarship, including the western region made up of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

In addition to area of study, consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes and leadership qualities.

“We are continuing our Advocators Scholarship program because we believe our youth are the future of agriculture,” Bitner said. “We are making a commitment with these scholarships to reward their hard work and be a part of building the next generation of leaders.”

Applications are due no later than Feb. 13, 2017. To receive a copy of the application and to learn more about the guidelines and eligibility, see