Each year, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) offers a $1,000 scholarship to two students at the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) Charter School to help grow the next generation of agricultural leaders. Emelia Smith and Abigail Stumpner were recently announced as the 2019 recipients.
The current president of the school’s FFA chapter, Smith will attend the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a career as a veterinarian. Stumpner, who is also an FFA officer, will be pursuing a degree in pharmaceuticals or medical imaging.
“Congratulations to Emelia and Abigail on receiving the MCGA scholarship, and best of luck in the next chapter of your education,” said MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr. “Minnesota’s corn growers are proud to partner with AFSA High School in their mission to educate the next generation of agricultural leaders.”
Based in Vadnais Heights, AFSA focuses on teaching students the many different careers available in both science and agriculture fields. MCGA launched the scholarship program for AFSA students in 2015 to help grow awareness of opportunities in Minnesota’s ag sector.