To encourage the pursuit of careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and agriculture, Monsanto awarded scholarships totaling $250,000 to 10 students this fall through the Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship program. The Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship and the Monsanto STEM Fellowship is awarded to high-achieving minority students who are pursuing either a Master’s degree or PhD in STEM or other agricultural related fields. Each of the graduate scholarship recipients will receive $25,000. The initiatives are part of the company’s broader focus on innovation and investment in agriculture.
Each year, approximately 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. Modern agriculture encompasses more than farming – and represents a convergence that demands a variety of skills, including STEM.
“Many graduate and undergraduate students, especially high achievers from underrepresented communities, are unaware that their career paths could include jobs in agriculture or related industries,” said Steve Mizell, executive vice president of human resources for Monsanto. “These scholarships reinforce Monsanto’s commitment to building an innovative workforce that is able to meet the demands of feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050.”
The 2016 Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship recipients are:
- Condrad Brendel, Iowa State University, Ag/Biosystems Engineering
- Edeoba Edobor, Texas A&M University, Agribusiness Management
- Jonathan Galsurkar, Columbia University, Data Science
- Amonjot Kaur, University of California-Davis, Biotechnology
- Naeem Khan, George Mason University, Data Analytics Engineering
Meredith Myers, Ohio State University, Food Science
- Xavier Price, Florida A&M University, Agribusiness
- Pruthi Protha, St. Louis University, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
- Kayley Wall, Texas A&M University, Animal Science
- Maria Williams, Prairie View A&M University, Chemical Engineering
Applications for the Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship Program and the Monsanto STEM Fellowship are accepted from April 1 to May 1. For more information, visit the Student Scholarships section at www.monsanto.com.