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Arkansas Rice now accepting applications for scholarship program

"Rice Reps" to Award Over $15,000 in 2021

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Current high school juniors graduating in 2022 are eligible to apply for and win up to $15,000 in scholarship funding towards higher education. Arkansas Rice's "Rice Reps" is a five month program to help educate students about the rice industry while equipping them to act as advocates in their communities and on social media.

Once accepted into the program, Reps actively participate in activities from May through September designed to teach students about rice farming and the importance of the Arkansas rice industry at home and abroad. They are also asked to attend four different exclusive, on-site experiences during the program to better understand the reach of rice in Arkansas.

The goal of the Rice Reps program is to encourage interest in rice promotion and to publicize the importance of the Arkansas rice industry to the state's economy. The program seeks to educate both male and female students across the state of Arkansas with the tools and knowledge to advocate for the Arkansas rice industry. Participants will also receive an inside look on the production of rice during the growing season. Students must be in the graduating class of 2022 to apply.

During the program, Rice Reps will not only attend premier industry experiences, but also seek other opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge individually. At the conclusion of the program, Rice Reps are able to submit a scholarship application showcasing their advocacy activities. Scholarship winners will be awarded and recognized at a final reception during Rice Month in September.

The mission of the scholarship is to empower and equip a new generation with lifelong knowledge while developing a deeper commitment to agriculture, community service and leadership.

The Arkansas Rice Reps Program begins in April and ends in September. Reps will actively participate in a program designed to teach them about rice farming and the importance of this crop around the world through education and volunteerism. the are also invited to attend four different on site experiences during the program to better understand the reach of rice in Arkansas.

Program eligibility requirements:

Males and females may apply

Must be a current Junior or rising Senior in high school

Any county in Arkansas may participate

Ag background not required.

Rep requirements:

Post on social media twice a month using #ricereps21. Materials will be provided for optional reference.

Participate in a minimum of two on-site experiences.

During the program, Reps will not only teach and share what they have learned, but also seek other opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge. In August, near the end of their commitment, Reps are asked to fill our the scholarship form, which makes them eligible for scholarship money. Reps may apply for the following ten scholarships:

Social Media contests

Rice Video

Rice Recipe

Volunteer/Leadership Awards

Grand Rice Rep

2nd Place Rice Rep

3rd Place Rice Rep

Scholarship winners will be awarded and recognized at a final reception in September.

The deadline for applications is April 16. For more information, visit https://form.jotform.com/210764597981167. Interested parties may also contact Lauren Waldrip at 870-295-8454 or Lauren@CampbellWard.com or Becky Barnes Campbell at 501-912-7560 or Becky@CampbellWard.com

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