Young Leader Scholarship Program

The MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program (YLSP) is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation. MACA members benefit by developing a talent pool of future industry leaders and through the heightened awareness of MACA within the participating universities.

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Candidates will be top-potential collegiate sophomores or juniors with an educational focus on agriculture. Candidates must be enrolled at one of the 13 Land-Grant Universities and have secured a summer internship within agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry. Additionally, the selected recipient is expected to attend the MACA Annual Meeting, September 3-5, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN to participate and network with MACA members and to develop a deeper understanding of the crop protection industry.

Selection Process

MACA will notify the 13 universities via email announcing the program and explaining the goals. Then a MACA representative will follow-up with each school for help identifying candidates, encouraging participation and to raise awareness for the program. Each respective university will create a “committee” to review the applications submitted from qualifying students and then submit up to three applications to MACA for review. Once the applications are submitted to MACA, the Industry Communications committee will review the applications and select one recipient for a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to each student via the university. (MACA will work with the universities to ensure the funding is provided to the student’s account.) The decisions by MACA are final. Previous winners are not eligible. Winners will be notified in Feb/March.

Participating Universities (13)

Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Wisconsin.

2018 Young Leader Scholarship Program Winners

    • Crystal Sparks, Colorado State University
    • Stephen Riskedal, University of Illinois
    • Lauren Tolle, Purdue University
    • Keely Acheson, Iowa State University
    • Keren Duerksen, Kansas State University
    • Paige Reetz, University of Michigan
    • Abby Diering, University of Minnesota
    • Allison Stiens, University of Missouri – Columbia
    • Rodger Farr, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    • Brady Schmoll, North Dakota State University
    • Monica Pennewitt, The Ohio State University
    • Jonathan Linke, South Dakota State University
  • Lauren Jorgensen, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Scholarship Application

  • Brief description stating what and where their summer internship will be and what are the main responsibilities
  • Application Letter/Essay – 500 words or less stating why they believe they are worthy of this opportunity
  • Resume
  • “Unofficial” Transcript

Program Requirements

  • Must be a sophomore or junior (60 hours completed by December 2018) with a preferred educational focus on agriculture.
  • Must have secured a 2019 summer internship within agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry.
  • Must attend the MACA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN September 3 – 5, 2019.  All expenses will be paid through MACA.
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA while enrolled in college.


Up to 13 scholarships will be awarded annually (1 per University). Each scholarship will consist of:

  • $2,000 cash scholarship to be provided to the respective University for the scholarship recipient selected;
  • Travel stipend to attend MACA Annual Meeting;
  • Opportunity to be on YLSP panel at the MACA Annual Meeting; and
  • Participate in program and networking with MACA members at Annual Meeting; and
  • Have 2 MACA member mentors/hosts.
  • Must attend MACA Annual Meeting on September 3-5, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. (MACA will pay for all expenses related to attending the meeting.)


  • End of January – nominations from universities due to MACA office.
  • Mid-February – MACA committee to select recipients.
  • Early March – Notify Universities of the recipients selected for scholarship and work with university officials to notify the recipients.
  • Mid-April – Issue news release announcing scholarship recipients.
  • July – Contact recipients regarding MACA Annual Meeting to coordinate travel plans and meeting details.
  • MACA Annual Meeting, September 3-5, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN – Attendance is required.
    (MACA will pay for all expenses related to attending the meeting.)

If you have any questions about the program or require more information, please send an email to [email protected].

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  • MACA will pay for all expenses related to attending the meeting.