Students Selected to Receive Sorghum Scholarships

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National Sorghum Foundation has selected four students to receive scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year.

“The overall quality of our applicants was impressive, representing 10 universities from eight states,” said Bruce Maunder, National Sorghum Producers research adviser. “This year’s winners embody the hard work and enthusiasm of the sorghum industry.”

The Sorghum Challenge scholarship includes $1,500 for tuition as well as a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with their Congressional representatives, coinciding with NSP’s legislative fly-in. Two winners were awarded Sorghum Challenge scholarships. The first recipient is Ciera Houlton from Kiowa, Kansas. Houlton is a plant and soil science major at Oklahoma State University. The second recipient is Samantha L’Ecuyer from Morrowville, Kansas, an agronomy major at Kansas State University.

L’Ecuyer also receives the Dr. Darrell Rosenow Memorial Scholarship worth $1,500 toward tuition. Established in 2010, the scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in an agriculturally-based department related to agronomy, plant pathology and plant breeding with an emphasis on sorghum. Rosenow spent 40 years pioneering hybrid sorghum breeding at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

New this year, the Sorghum Feed and Food Scholarship provides a $1,500 award for an undergraduate student studying sorghum through either animal science or human nutrition. The first recipient is Alexis Powell from Houston, Texas. Powell is a food science major at Alabama A&M University.

The Maunder/NSP Sorghum Center scholarship is shared between Kansas State University and the NSP Sorghum Center. The scholarship is worth $1,000 toward tuition. This year’s recipient is Macy Sherwin, a food science major from Lenexa, Kansas.

NSP congratulates all winners on their achievements. For more information about the National Sorghum Foundation or these scholarship programs, visit

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Blackburn
External Affairs Director
National Sorghum Producers
(806) 749-3478


The National Sorghum Foundation was created to promote research and education for sorghum and develop the leadership potential of active university students interested in studying agriculture and more specifically the sorghum industry.