Harry Ott

Harry Ott, pictured at his farm near St. Matthews, is president of S.C. Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau is accepting applications for the Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program.

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The South Carolina Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador Scholarship program aims to surface young leaders passionate about agriculture and cultivate their ability to engage in food and farming conversations with a wide variety of audiences. The program also showcases the opportunities for careers in agriculture and its related industries, as well as providing leadership and advocacy training. Youth ambassadors should complete their year of service more confident as an advocate for agriculture and in leadership roles.

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Any unmarried male or female between the ages of 17 and 21 who resides in a Farm Bureau member home is eligible to compete (cannot reach their 22nd birthday before the SCFB Annual Meeting). In the event that an ambassador marries during his/her year of reign, he or she shall forfeit their title and scholarship eligibility to the first runner-up.

Children or stepchildren of employees of the SCFB Federation or affiliate companies are not eligible.

Past state winners are not eligible to compete.

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Prizes and opportunities include:

  • A $2,000 college scholarship, payable to the school upon satisfactory completion of the year of service and with certification of acceptance and enrollment.
  • Advocacy training (may include out-of-state travel at the expense of SCFB)
  • Leadership training and opportunities
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The Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program competition is comprised of two parts:

1. Application, essay and narrative (50 points) – A panel of judges will score each contestant’s application, essay and narrative prior to the state competition.

Narrative -- Briefly describe you and/or your family’s involvement in Farm Bureau. Also, write a short paragraph telling why you think you would make a good SCFB youth ambassador.

Essay (500-word limit) -- It is required that you interview at least one farmer or agribusiness person on the essay subject and include a portion of the interview in your essay.

The deadline for applications is June 28. All applications will be submitted online at www.scfarmbureau.awardsplatform.com/

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