How Three Minutes Can Change Your Life 

By Deborah Willenborg, USA Rice

ARLINGTON, VA -- Three minutes of innovative storytelling about U.S.-grown rice is all it takes to earn money for college!  

If you're a high school graduating student from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Texas, submit a three-minute video that creates awareness and promotes U.S.-grown rice, September National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state, for a chance to win this year's National Rice Month Scholarship.

"Winning the National Rice Month scholarship was an incredibly unique and exciting experience, and helped fund my first year of college," said Heaven McKinley, from Grand Prairie, Texas.  McKinley won the first ever video contest in 2016 for her entry, "Power Plants," and is now studying environmental engineering at Colorado School of the Mines.    

Jared Fitton, last year's grand prize winner who attends the University of California at Santa Barbara working on his degree in computer science, said, "Participating in this scholarship helped me to not only pay for college, but also to discover a whole industry that was right in my backyard!"

Three scholarship prizes, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, totaling $8,500 will be awarded.  The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this December to the awards ceremony at the 2018 USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego, California.  The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and third-place $1,500.

Entries are due by October 31, and will be judged on creativity, quality, popularity, and effectiveness in promoting U.S.-grown rice.  Sample topics include:  rice production, nutrition (think about incorporating USDA's MyPlate MyState), sustainability, marketing/promotion ... the list goes on! 

For more information and to submit an entry, visit the NRM scholarship page.