Miami Trace student awarded Ag Leader scholarship

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Miami Trace High School student Cody Clyburn has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In the fall, Clyburn will study biochemistry at Morehead State University.

Clyburn exemplifies the quality of students who are selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships.

“Cody has a passion for agriculture that is evident through his dedication to his Supervised Agricultural Experience, his record of achievement in the National FFA Organization and his future plans to major in agronomy and pursue a career in the agriculture field. Cody has been a member of four state winning Career Development Event teams in the FFA: Novice and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure, Grain Merchandising and Agronomy. The hours and time commitment it takes to not only compete but win these events speaks to the level of dedication and self-discipline this young man possess. Cody will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to the agriculture industry in the future,” said Amanda Swigert, of Miami Trace High School.

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Clyburn to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders raises awareness of diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry and provides 352 scholarships nationwide to support students’ post high school ag education.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Both FFA members and non-FFA members are eligible to apply. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $1.1 million in scholarships has been awarded to students since Grow Ag Leaders piloted in 2014. For a complete list of recipients or more information, visit

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers community outreach initiative. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Visit to learn more.

This article was submitted by the Monsanto Fund.

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