SYLVANIA - After leaving his mark on the agriculture program at Screven County High School, 2011 graduate Brandon Wiley of Sylvania is now set to continue his pursuits in agriculture through the help of a $1,500 Commitment to Ag Scholarship he was awarded during ceremony earlier this month.
An honor graduate and member of the National Honor Society, Wiley competed at the national level in agriculture mechanics design and fabrication proficiency during his high school career. Named outstanding FFA member at Screven County High for the past two years, Wiley was one of 100 seniors across the country recognized for academic achievements and leadership in agriculture, with a total of $150,000 awarded in scholarships this year from Monsanto Company and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).
"This scholarship will help me pay for school and expenses my first year of college," Wiley said.
Wiley plans to attend Ogeechee Technical College in the fall, where he will pursue a degree in agricultural mechanization.
As a major, agricultural mechanization aims to expose students to the technological and mechanical aspects of farming equipment, according to the "Princeton Review," focusing on areas such as electric power and processing, construction and maintenance, and water management.
Commitment to Ag Scholarship winners must be from a farming family, plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-based program from an accredited school and commit to obtaining a career in agriculture. Winners are chosen based on their strong academic record, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.
"I have taught and worked with Brandon since he was in middle school," said Todd Wall, FFA advisor. "He is a really motivated individual and puts 100 percent into everything he does," he said.
"It has been a real pleasure to work with him."
Through the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program, Monsanto and the NAFB have awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 1,000 students since the national Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship program was first established in 1999.