Julie Fritsch

Growth Energy Makes Major Commitment to NAAE Upper Division Scholarship Fund

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Feb 12, 2016

Upper Division Scholarships Will Double in Dollar Amount, and More Will Be Awarded


Our student members will have more and larger scholarships available starting this year, thanks to a commitment from Growth Energy to provide $90,000 in funds over the next three years.


The NAAE Upper Division scholarship is for NAAE student members majoring in agricultural education during the semester when they student teach.


"Student teaching can be a financial strain on agricultural education majors," said Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman, NAAE Executive Director. "They spend every day teaching, so they are essentially working a full-time job with no pay. There is a national shortage of agriculture teachers, so anything we can do to help students finish their degree and get into the classroom is critical."


Previously, NAAE's Upper Division Scholarships were $750 each, and approximately 15 were given each year. Growth Energy's gift means that the scholarship amounts will be doubled, and more of these larger scholarships will be awarded, beginning this year.


Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy noted, "There is nothing more important to the future of agriculture than those who wish to enter a career that will help further the innovation, promise and bounty of America's farmers. American agriculture and those invested in it are the backbone of this nation and Growth Energy is thrilled to help support the future leaders of this industry. We are thrilled to help support those who will write the next great chapter of American excellence by providing food, feed and fuel to move our nation forward."


Students who plan to student teach in the fall of 2016 or spring 2017 should apply for a scholarship this year. Scholarship applications are due May 15, 2016. The online submission form is not yet open, but students can use the information at this link to gather all the pieces they will need to submit.

Growth Energy is also a supporter of the National Teach Ag Campaign. Their gift is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.