College students enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a fully accredited Nebraska college, university or technical college in an agriculture-related degree program are encouraged to apply for the Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 10. Applications will be reviewed, and selection notifications will be sent by Dec. 1.
The Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one deserving applicant each year.
The scholarship is named for Sitzman, who retired in 2016 as executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. Sitzman learned patriotism, service to our country and respect for our leaders and from his parents. While in high school, he heard John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, in which he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." This address increased his desire to serve.
Agriculture has always been his passion. Throughout his life he has provided service in various forms and from different positions of leadership. Sitzman is known for sharing his voice defending perspectives and asking challenging questions. He served on many state and national agricultural boards before being named the director of Agriculture for Nebraska in 1991. Today, Sitzman serves as an active volunteer leader at the Veterans Administration in Lincoln.
Academics, agriculture, military and other forms of public service have all improved in some measure due to the leadership, service and voice of Sitzman. Upon his retirement, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association established this scholarship in his honor.
- Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a fully accredited Nebraska college, university or technical college in an agriculture-related degree program
- Must have at least one full year of study remaining toward a degree
- Must have plans to work in the agriculture industry upon graduation
Selection will be based on qualities of leadership and participation in collegiate or extracurricular activities related to the agriculture industry.