LIVE OAK — Thirty-four students from Suwannee, Hamilton and Lafayette counties have been awarded a college scholarship under a program initiated by Florida Farm Bureau Federation for a total of $40,250.
Receiving the scholarships, which are worth up to $2,000, from Suwannee County are William Bozeman, Jonathan Crain, Robert Harrell, Meredith Lord, Natalie Lord, Cameron Noling, Blain Roberson and Taylor Swindell.
Hamilton County recipients are Mackenzie Combass, Bradley Driggers, Clayton Goolsby, Victoria Goolsby, Brandy Morgan and Jackson Norris.
Awarded scholarships from Lafayette County are Christopher Crow, Preston Edwards, Darby Guyton, Lang Guyton, Logan Hewett, Hunter Hill, Kaley Koon, Ryan Koon, Adam Land, Caleb Land, Taylor Land, Madelyn Lashley, Anthony Lawson, Krista Lyons, Ashlin Morgan, Kaylin Morgan, Ashlyn Perry, Joanna Perry, James Prine and Michaela Shaw.
Current and former Florida tobacco growers as well as their descendants are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants are evaluated for classroom achievement, leadership skills and potential career success.
Funding for the scholarships has been derived from a 1998 tobacco settlement between the state, the attorneys general and five major tobacco companies concerning the marketing of tobacco products. Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam earmarked a small portion of the remaining settlement money available for Florida for the program.
“Tobacco production has a proud history in our state and we are using these settlement funds to give back to our communities,” Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick said. “We are delighted to offer scholarship support to qualified young people. We look for their future contributions to our state’s economy and its quality of life.”
For more information about Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Tobacco Scholarship Program, send an email to email@example.com.