Outstanding 4-H and FFA high school students are earning prominent recognition and college scholarships for their dedication to agriculture through the 3rd Annual AgTexas Farm Credit Services’ AgYouth of the Month program.

“We are honoring some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas with this program,” says AgTexas Farm Credit CEO Tim McDonald. He adds, “These students represent the next generation of agriculture in Texas and the United States. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to their achievements thus far and encourage them for the future.”

In its first two years of the program that the company created, AgTexas has distributed $30,000 in local scholarships to members of FFA and 4-H.

Through the program, students submit their applications until Friday, October 13. All senior students in good standing with their local FFA or 4-H program and high school within counties which AgTexas serves, are eligible for nomination by going online to www.agtexas.com.

According to McDonald, the 4-H and FFA programs help introduce many of their participants to agriculture, allowing students to learn and apply science and technology to make farming and ranching more productive and offer promising futures.

In  November, December, January, February, March and April, each AgTexas office will recognize one local AgYouth of the Month as its honoree, featuring that student in a local newspaper and in social media.

Each AgYouth of the Month will be invited to a year-end regional banquet this coming spring to honor them, their parents and their FFA or 4-H leaders. Twenty attendees will also each receive a $1,000 college scholarship to further their education.

“We are very pleased to have created the AgYouth of the Month program because it brings positive attention to young people who are investing in our state and nation as well as their own futures,” added McDonald.