The National Sorghum Foundation and BASF have announced the award of two joint scholarships to Max Harman from Michigan State University and Breely Huguley from Texas Tech University. Each winner will be awarded $2,500 to be applied during the 2022-23 academic year.
“The National Sorghum Foundation is proud to once again partner with BASF to award these scholarships to two very deserving young individuals,” NSF Chairman Jeff Dahlberg said. “We send warm congratulations to Max and Breely on this accomplishment and look forward to continuing this partnership to help hard-working student leaders succeed.”
Harman is a first-year Ph.D. student studying molecular plant genetics at Michigan State. In his application, he said he wants to pursue a career in agriculture research to improve food and our food system using novel gene-editing techniques to discover and implement novel traits that benefit both producers and consumers.
Huguley, a senior agricultural communications major at Texas Tech, grew up on a farm near Olton, Texas. Huguley plans to pursue a master’s degree in the same discipline with future aspirations to either work in public policy in Washington, D.C., or in public relations and crisis communications.
“It’s great to see this generation focusing on sorghum,” Brian Robert Taylor, BASF South-Central Kansas business representative, said. “Sorghum is near and dear to my farm and to my fathers-in-laws farming operation. Farming in a tough area, we are very resource conscious and recognize sorghum’s ability to produce grain with less water and fertilizer; and it fits into our no-till farming operation extremely well.
“The future of tackling the ‘Biggest Job on Earth’ depends on growers continuing to plant it, and students continuing to study it. We are thrilled to partner with the NSF in this endeavor.”
For more information about the National Sorghum Foundation, additional scholarships and criteria, visit the website here.