The US Rice Producers Association (USRPA), a nonprofit association representing rice farmers in the United States, is sponsoring a scholarship contest for junior and senior high school students.
Four scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded. Each participating student must write an essay addressing the topic "The Importance of Wetlands in the Environment and How the U.S. Rice Industry is Vital to Maintaining Wetlands Habitat in the United States." Contest rules and regulations along with background information are available at www.riceromp.com/contest.
This is the first year the USRPA has made this essay contest open to students throughout the United States and its territories. "The contest has been conducted on a regional basis for the past two years. The feedback from teachers and students was so positive, we decided to expand the contest nationally," says Dwight Roberts, President and CEO of the USRPA. "This contest helps highlight to students, the importance of rice farming to the environment and how farmers are stewards of the land," he adds.
For contest details, and background information for researching the essay topic, go to the USRPAâ€™s educational Web site www.riceromp.com. This unique web site not only provides the rules and regulations of the contest, but it provides teaching aids for teachers in subjects ranging from mathematics, environmental conservation, history, social sciences and other subjects. For students, there is an interactive game that corresponds to the teaching tools, as well as, other educational games and information.
The USRPA essay contest is available to students currently in grades 11 and 12 who submit an original 1,000 to 1,200 word essay addressing the topic: "The Importance of Wetlands in the Environment and How the U.S. Rice Industry is Vital to Maintaining Wetlands Habitat in the United States." The contest deadline date is May 25, 2005. Four awards will be made, one first place $2,000 award for each grade and a $500 second place award for each grade.