New York Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place. The first-place winner will be invited to present their essay at a NYFB Spring event. Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to submit a brief essay answering the question, “If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?” At the District level, a personal interview and essay presentation may be scheduled at the discretion of the District Representative. The county winner will be the applicant scoring the highest for each county. The District winner will be the overall highest county winner. District level winners will have two weeks from the time they are notified to update any part of their applications. The final applications must be sent to NYFB in Albany and postmarked within two weeks of the date of notification for the student to be eligible. The State competition is based upon the application and attachments. The application submission deadline is Nov. 19. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit www.nyfb.org, under Farm Essentials.