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Scholarships to Bring Students, Young Professionals to 2023 National Ethanol Conference

October 20, 2022

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The Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) to offer scholarships for college students interested in attending the 28th annual National Ethanol Conference, scheduled for Feb. 28 - March 2 in Orlando. Members of RFA’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) are also eligible for consideration.


Now in its 14th year, the program is named in honor of Robert “Bob” Sather, an educator who helped found RFA member company Ace Ethanol in Wisconsin. Sather was a past Chair of the Renewable Fuels Foundation. The aim of the Bob Sather Memorial Scholarship is to reach young adults aspiring to a career related to ethanol and open doors and present new perspectives on ethanol’s place in our world today and beyond. The program provides eligible applicants with opportunities to hear from, and engage with, top industry leaders, policymakers, and academic and technical experts.


“We are excited once again to open this scholarship opportunity to bring young professionals and students to experience the National Ethanol Conference,” said Tony Leiding, chairman of RFF and Director of Operations at Trenton Agri Products LLC. “The networking and educational experiences these students receive at the NEC help prepare them for future careers in ethanol. We highly recommend this scholarship to any student studying in the fields of agriculture, economics, marketing, policy, or renewable energy, along with young professionals in the industry.”


The scholarships fully cover the registration fee, hotel, and up to $500 in airfare. A total of five will be awarded. Interested college students are asked to submit a 500-word essay explaining how their attendance at the NEC will help them achieve future goals. They should also submit two letters of recommendation and an up-to-date resume and current college transcript.


Interested members of YPN need to complete the application questions and provide a resume and letter of recommendation from a supervisor or someone else familiar with their qualifications.


Click here for complete application details and to apply. Applications are due January 17, 2023.