WASHINGTON — For the eighth year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the National Ethanol Conference (NEC), scheduled for Feb. 20–22, 2017 in San Diego. Six scholarships are available to students in higher education to attend NEC. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration fee—an $899 value. Recipients are responsible for other costs associated with travel to the conference, including airfare, hotel and meals. "The NEC is the most widely attended ethanol industry conference and provides an exclusive opportunity to directly engage key decision makers and industry executives," said Bob Sather, chairman of the Renewable Fuels Foundation and chairman of ACE Ethanol. "This scholarship is an incentive to provide students with a real live experience with worldwide leaders in the ethanol industry. The conference is the best classroom for these students to learn and network." This year's NEC, "Building Partnerships, Growing Markets," offers students the opportunity to receive an in-depth look into the ethanol industry, as speakers are set to address such topics as higher ethanol blends, the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 and global marketing. Interested students should submit a 500-word essay explaining how their attendance at the NEC will help them achieve their future goals. They should also submit two letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a school transcript. Scholarships are only available to students who are attending a U.S. institution of higher learning or foreign students who are affiliated with the U.S. ethanol industry. For full consideration, applications must be received by Dec. 23. Application materials can be found here.