Paying it forward with scholarships

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

Scholarship support plays a key role in Land O’Lakes’ multifaceted approach to building a robust pipeline of high-potential food and agriculture professionals.

Preparing students, opening doors: The Land O’Lakes Multifunctional Agricultural and Food Systems Scholarship pairs financial support with hands-on learning for transfer students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. They receive $5,000 annually for up to two years while analyzing an agricultural issue with WinField United, the company’s agriculture solutions division.  

During the four-month program on campus and at Land O’Lakes, students delve into a topic with employees. Topics have included precision agriculture, how to best maximize drones, and effective communication about GMO foods.

Scholarship facts:

  • This scholarship has served 28 students who received awards totaling $280,000
  • Six students participate each year
  • Students must major in one of these areas:
    • agricultural education;
    • plant science;
    • food systems;
    • environmental science, policy and management;
    • agricultural communication and marketing;
    • agricultural and food business management;
    • agricultural education.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to get talented students to know more about Land O’Lakes. They are helping us problem-solve some real-world, relevant business issues and share their perspectives as well.” 

—Megan Wolle, community relations and foundation manager.