Ben Castleberry

Auburn University student Ben Castleberry of Saint Clair County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and the Saint Clair County Farmers Federation. The Pell City native is a senior studying agriscience education.

Seventy-six students at Auburn University (AU) received scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year through various Alabama Farmers Federation groups.

Ben Castleberry of St. Clair County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and the St. Clair County Farmers Federation. The Pell City native is a senior studying agriscience education.

Fifty-four recipients received the AFAF scholarship. The program is a joint effort between AFAF and county Farmers Federations, which split the funding of the scholarships — $1,250 and $500 respectively.

“We’re proud of these students. They’re hard workers who represent the future of agriculture and farming,” said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, who also serves as president of AFAF’s board of directors. “It’s a pleasure to be able to invest in their education through this scholarship program. We’re confident these young adults will go on to achieve great things in our industry.”

Farmers Federations in Baldwin, Chambers, Chilton, Covington, Dale, Henry, Houston, Lee and Madison counties awarded an additional 21 scholarships. Recipients were also selected for the Mike Henry Memorial Scholarship and the Ronny Donaldson Memorial Scholarship.

Students pursuing degrees in agriculture, forestry or a related field at AU or Alabama A&M University must apply for the competitive AFAF Scholarship Program. Annually, applications are due Jan. 31.

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