Farm Credit of Northwest Florida launches AgVocator Scholarship program

Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is offering a new scholarship opportunity for college-bound high school seniors. The agricultural lender will award six $1,500 AgVocator Scholarships for seniors within its chartered territory, which includes 18 counties in the Florida Panhandle. The AgVocator Scholarship is meant to encourage young people to use their talents to create stronger communities in the rural areas where they live. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, or a similar field. “As AgVocators, Farm Credit actively supports our rural and agricultural communities,” President and CEO Rick Bitner said. “The AgVocator Scholarship Program is one of the ways that Farm Credit invests in the young people of the rural communities we serve.” Two students in each of Farm Credit of Northwest Florida’s regions will receive a scholarship, including: • The Eastern region, made up of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties • The Central region, made up of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties • The Western region, made up of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties In addition to area of study, consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes and leadership qualities. “We have some outstanding students in Northwest Florida, and we believe that they are the future of agriculture,” Bitner said. “We are making a commitment with these scholarships to reward their hard work and help put them on a path to success.” Applications are due no later than February 15, 2016. To receive a copy of the application and to learn more about the guidelines and eligibility, see aspx. About Farm Credit of Northwest Florida Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is a member-owned financial cooperative headquartered in Marianna, Fla., that serves 18 counties throughout the Florida Panhandle. Farm Credit’s mission is to provide rural and agricultural communities reliable, consistent and competitive credit and financial services. In 2016, Farm Credit is celebrating a century of service to area farmers, agribusinesses, and rural landowners and homeowners. Farm Credit also gives back through cooperative returns to borrowers and their role as AgVocators for agriculture and rural America. For more information about the types of financing available or how cooperative lenders share their profits with borrowers, go to