If you are high school seniors bound for college or know of one, the National Rice Month Scholarship contest may be for him or her.
The program, which involves creating a video, is open to graduating students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. They simply create and submit a three-minute video to heighten awareness and promote U.S.-grown rice. The contest coincides with National Rice Month in September.
Entries will be judged on creativity, quality, popularity and effectiveness in promoting U.S.-grown rice. Sample topics include rice production, nutrition (think about incorporating USDA’s MyPlate MyState), sustainability, marketing/promotion … the list goes on!
Three scholarships, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, that total $8,500 will be awarded. The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this December to the awards ceremony at the 2018 USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego, California. The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship and third-place, $1,500.
Last year’s grand prize winner, Jared Fitton, a self-proclaimed computer science nerd who graduated from the Santa Barbara High School Computer Science Academy in California, tapped into his technology skills to create a stop-motion video to help tell the U.S. rice story.
“I wanted to think outside the box, and find an interesting and entertaining way to promote awareness of one of American’s favorite grains,” Fitton says.
Entries are due by Oct. 31.
For more information and to submit an entry, visit the National Rice Month scholarship page.