Published online: Mar 28, 2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C.-Continuing its investment in the future of agriculture, Syngenta is sponsoring the Syngenta Potato Scholarship program for the second year. Applications are currently being accepted online and via mail.

The $5,000 scholarship opportunity is available to students who currently reside or attend school in one of the following states: Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington or Wisconsin. Students also need to meet one of the following requirements: 1) high school senior involved in the potato-growing industry or a member of 4-H or FFA; or 2) college freshman, sophomore or junior involved in the potato-growing industry or a member of 4-H or FFA.
Applications must include: 1) name, 2) address, 3) phone number, 4) email, 5) school/college, 6) school year, 7) major/intended major, 8) agriculture involvement, 9) verification of the applicant's involvement/previous involvement in 4-H or FFA, 10) declaration of involvement in the potato-growing industry and 11) an essay that does not exceed 700 words that addresses the following topic: 
By 2050, we will need to double agricultural production to feed a growing population. How do we do that without further stressing our environment, bringing millions of acres of marginal land into production, depleting our natural forests and further threatening endangered species? How do we grow twice as much without further exhausting our already stressed water resources? In 700 words or less, explain how the potato industry can grow more from less to be able to feed the estimated 9 billion people by 2050. Incorporate your experiences and what you are doing to contribute to the industry in an effort to make this goal a reality. When writing your essay, consider the following aspects:
-Land Use
-Water Optimization
-Food Security
Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2011, and can be sent to:
Meredith Brown
Gibbs & Soell Public Relations
8521 Six Forks Road, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27615
Ph: (919) 870-5718
Fax: (919) 870-8911
For additional information and the ability to apply for the scholarship online, please visit
The scholarship will be awarded and presented to the winner in November 2011 prior to the 2012 spring semester of school. In addition to the congratulatory letter that the winner will receive upon announcement of the $5,000 scholarship, he or she will also be recognized at the Potato Expo in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 4-6, 2012.