In May two students from the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School (AFSA) received a college scholarship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), which partnered with the school in an effort to help grow the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
Melissa Hall and Elizabeth Weyer received $1,000 scholarships from MCGA. As students at AFSA, both will pursue careers in the agricultural and science fields. The charter school, located in Vadnais Heights, is the only public charter school of its kind in Minnesota where students learn about the many science and agriculture careers available to them.
A longtime active member of FFA, Hall will attend college in livestock management. Weyer, who also participates in FFA, will major in biochemistry in the next level of her education.
“Minnesota corn growers are proud to partner with AFSA High School and support the next generation of agricultural leaders and innovators,” said MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr. “Congratulations to Melissa and Elizabeth; we look forward to your tremendous contributions to the science and agricultural fields.”
MCGA launched the scholarship program for AFSA students in 2015. Since opening in 2001, AFSA has experienced exponential growth in students attending the school, which offers learning experiences and leadership opportunities within a science or agricultural context. Students come to AFSA High School from 18 different school districts in the Twin Cities area.
“We are very pleased that MCGA is providing scholarships for two AFSA High School seniors again this year,” said Becky Meyer, executive director and superintendent of AFSA High School. “The two MCGA-funded scholarships help our graduating seniors pursue advanced studies at two- or four-year educational institutions.”