Students have new scholarship opportunity

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

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High school students in Lunenburg County have a chance to get some extra money to help with college costs. The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) has launched the Doug Stoughton Memorial Scholarship, to help those pursuing a future in agriculture or education. 

Scholarship winners will receive $1,000 to further their studies at a 2- or 4-year college or university. The scholarship was created in honor of the late Doug Stoughton, a past Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF) special programs director who had a passion for furthering youth education in agriculture, and who left a lasting impression on both AITC and VFBF. 

“Doug was very instrumental in advocating for AITC and agricultural literacy,” said Tammy Maxey, AITC executive director, in a statement. “This scholarship allows us to honor his legacy and the impact he had, while providing an opportunity for students pursuing a career in agriculture or education.” 

Interested students can apply online at VaAITC/AITCScholarship. Applicants are required to submit a high school transcript and two letters of recommendation. 

Additionally, applicants will need to submit personal statements describing their extracurricular activities and community service, leadership experience, interest in agriculture and education, and how the scholarship will benefit them. Applications are due March 31 and can be emailed to aitc@vafb. com. Scholarship winners will be notified by May 31. For more information about this scholarship and other AITC initiatives, visit