Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (BTGCA) is prhas announced that the 2017 BTGCA Scholarship applications are now being accepted.
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative will award ten $2,000 scholarships to students for the 2017-2018 school years. The BTGCA says this is a great way for our organization to help farm families as they work to provide educational opportunities to their children.
The BTGCA scholarship is awarded on the basis of the student's overall grade point average, writing ability, and leadership potential. All applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from their current educational institution. The BTGCA will show preference to those applicants who have a tobacco farming background.
The BTGCA scholarship is awarded for one academic year, in two equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Students may re-apply each year. The scholarships are available to individuals from the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and West Virginia.
The 2017 BTGCA Scholarship application is available on the BTGCA website, or by calling the office at (859) 252-3561. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2017 and mailed to the BTGCA office.
Each application will be reviewed by the Burley Co-op Scholarship Committee, and recipients will be notified of the award offer by the April 25, 2017. The first installment of the scholarship will be directly paid to the individual upon proper proof of enrollment from the registrar's office by August 15th. The winners will be requested to attend our Annual Meeting and Tobacco Expo for recognition.
"The BTGCA is proud to be part of the rich tradition of Kentucky's independent, resourceful tobacco farmers that are the foundation of our rural communities," the group said in a statement. "BTGCA is dedicated to providing opportunities to allow its members and their families to continue the tradition, quality and excellence that is the foundation of U.S. Burley, the gold standard of burley tobacco."
To learn more about the BTGCA visit the website, www.burleytobacco.com.