An annual scholarship for Minnesota high school seniors has been launched under a new name to honor the memory of a soybean farmer.
This year’s scholarships are given in memory of the late father of Mike Youngerberg, senior director of field services for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Reuben Youngerberg owned a farm in Blue Earth County, where he held a number of board positions in local agriculture organizations.
The Reuben Youngerberg Memorial Biodiesel Scholarship is open to any Minnesota high school senior and offers a $1,600 1st place and $500 2nd place award to the winners of an essay contest about biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternative fuel produced and used in Minnesota. Rules and an online entry form can be found at www.cleanairchoice.org. Deadline for entries is March 30, 2012.
The scholarship is administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota, which recognizes biodiesel as a “clean air choice” fuel that reduces emissions, and sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, with additional support from the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, MEG Corp, and Renewable Energy Group, Inc.