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Adrienne Blakey, a bachelor’s student at Oklahoma State University, and Nick Lord, a master’s student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, were recently named the national winners of the Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship. They will each receive $6,000 to help meet financial obligations as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

As winners in their regions, both Lord and Blakey, as well as six other regional winners, will also each receive a $1,000 scholarship award to support their education.

Syngenta selected this year’s winners out of more than 150 applicants who shared stories of how they became #RootedinAg and aspire to inspire future generations in the agricultural field.

In her winning essay, Blakey, a plant and soil sciences major, emphasizes the importance of integrity when it comes to ushering in the future of the industry.

“What I have learned most about the agricultural industry that I will pass along to future generations is that our industry is immersed in integrity," she wrote. "From the researchers to the producers to the representatives of organizations like Syngenta that I have gotten to know, agriculturists are the epitome of people of integrity.”

Through his essay, Lord encourages students who may not come from an agricultural background to seek a place to belong within the industry.

“My journey has shown me that, though my roots in agriculture began to grow a little late, anyone can find a niche in the agricultural community through which to make an impact,” he wrote.

There were other regional winners.

  • Colden Proe of Cornell University
  • Emily Nealy of Purdue University
  • Micaela Fenton of Colorado State University
  • Molly Darlington of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Raegan Wiggins of University of Georgia
  • Faith Baier of Colorado State University

The 2020 scholarship application will be available in late 2019. Visit for more information.

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