Scholarships for Minnesota Biodiesel Essays

John Davis

High school seniors in Minnesota will have the chance to receive scholarships for their essays on biodiesel.

Biodiesel Magazine
reports the American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association are sponsoring the writing contest, now in its fifth year:

“We’re always looking for new ways to get young people involved and informed about biodiesel,” said Robert Moffitt, communications director for the Clean Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Program of the American Lung Association in Minnesota. “Minnesota is really a pioneering state for the use of biodiesel, and what better place to hold a biodiesel essay contest than here—the first state in the union to require biodiesel in all diesel sold…This is our fifth year, and we’ve always had a very good response. There is some very innovative and creative thinking out there from our young people, and we just wanted to be a part of that.”

According to Moffitt, two scholarships will be awarded this year. “The first place scholarship winner will receive $1,000 that they can use at the post-secondary school of their choice,” he said. “The second place winner will win a $500 scholarship.”

Open to high school seniors in Minnesota, applicants will need to write an essay on biodiesel in 1,000 words or less, using their own biodiesel topics or one of three topics provided:

– Biodiesel’s benefits to Minnesota

– Expanding biodiesel’s use: opportunities and challenges

– How you can impact biodiesel use in your area

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 30. More information is available here.