WASHINGTON - For the ninth 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. 12-14, 2018 in San Antonio. Six scholarships are available to students in higher education to attend NEC. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration fee—a $925 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 conference in our industry," said Dana Lewis, chairperson of RFF and chief administrative officer for Redfield Energy. "This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for students to gather real-world experience by meeting top experts and hearing about the latest issues affecting the ethanol industry. I highly recommend this scholarship to any students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture generally or within our industry specifically," she said. This year's NEC, "Ethanol Strong: Empowering Dialogue to Grow Markets," offers students the opportunity to receive an in-depth look into the ethanol industry, as speakers are set to address topics including expanding infrastructure, blends above E10, high octane fuels and exports. 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 Jan. 8, 2018. Application materials can be found here.