The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is the newest sponsor of the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School. MCGA is funding two college scholarships for students who will graduate from AFSA High School in spring 2016.
“Minnesota’s corn farmers are proud to play a role in giving two AFSA High School students the opportunity to attend college,” said Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield and president of MCGA. “These scholarships are another way that MCGA works to develop the next generation of leaders and innovators in agriculture.”
Located in Vadnais Heights, Minn., a community in greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, AFSA High School is a public charter school that first opened its doors in 2001. Since then, AFSA High School has experienced exponential growth in students attending the school, expanded to also include the middle grades and has achieved educational excellence. AFSA High School is the only public charter school of its kind in the state of Minnesota where students from grades 5 – 12 learn about the many science and agriculture careers available to them.
“We are very pleased to have MCGA join with our other sponsors to provide funding for AFSA High School,” says Becky Meyer, executive director and principal, AFSA High School. “The two MCGA-funded scholarships will help graduating seniors at our school attend college and pursue a career in agriculture and the agricultural sciences.”
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AFSA High School’s mission is to engage learners in academically rigorous, student-centered learning experiences and leadership opportunities within a science and agricultural context. Students come to AFSA High School from 27 different school districts in the Twin Cities Metro area.