Atwater student wins $1,500 Commitment to Ag Scholarship

Monsanto Co. said Megen Morales of Atwater has been awarded a $1,500 Commitment to Ag Scholarship from Monsanto and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

Morales is seeking a future career in the wine industry. She will attend Fresno State University where she plans to pursue a degree in enology, the science of winemaking. She was a member of the 2011 State Champion Fruit Tree Judging Team, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award and was selected as a Girls State representative from Buhach Colony High School.

In total, $150,000 in scholarships was given to 100 high school seniors from across the United States in recognition of their academic achievements and leadership in agriculture.

Morales' aspiration to obtain a career in agriculture, according to a news release, showed through her academic record, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and personal essay submitted as a part of the application process.

Commitment to Ag Scholarship winners must be from a farming family, plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-based program from an accredited school and commit to obtaining a career in agriculture. Winners are chosen based on their strong academic record, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.

To see a full list of 2011 Commitment to Ag Scholarship winners, please visit http://bit.ly/kyxQ0O. Since the national Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship program was first established in 1999, Monsanto and the NAFB has awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 1,000 students.