Altoona High School Senior Wins 'Women in Ag' Scholarship

Altoona High School Senior Wins 'Women in Ag' Scholarship

Mahindra USA chose four winners from among 8,000 applicants as scholarship winners.

A Kansas high school senior is one of four young women to win a scholarship from Mahindra USA, Inc. through the Mahindra Tractors "Women in Ag" Scholarships program.

The winners were chosen from almost 8,000 applicants. The Kansas winner, Laura Erbe from Altoona, will be majoring in Animal Science at Kansas State University this fall,

Altoona High School Senior Wins 'Women in Ag' Scholarship

Other winners  were Nicole Hood from Middletown, Md., a freshman at Delaware Valley College majoring in Agricultural Business Management; Brooke Nation from Alva, Okla., a freshman at Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Education; and Rebecca Lazenby from Midway, Texas,  a freshman at Texas A&M University – College Station majoring in Agricultural Extension.

In partnership with The National FFA Organization, the Mahindra scholarship winners were chosen based on their passion and involvement in agricultural studies as well as their academic performance and leadership.

"The scholarship winners' hard work, dedication, perseverance and passion in pursuing their degrees in Agriculture are a true testament to the bright future that lies ahead. It is also representative of the Mahindra "Rise" culture and philosophy of Accepting No Limits, Driving Positive Change and Alternative Thinking," said Cleo Franklin, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for Mahindra USA. "Our primary objective in supporting educational opportunities, such as this scholarship, is to help women bring their knowledge and skills back to their towns and communities, enabling them to Rise and make a positive impact in the lives of all stakeholders."

Every year, Mahindra USA teams up with the National FFA Organization to sponsor select young women involved in agriculture and their pursuit of furthering their education with a college degree.  "Mahindra USA is proud to partner with the FFA, and we share in congratulating these four very accomplished students. We are thrilled to play a part in assisting them and their families in furthering their agricultural education," said Franklin.

To learn more about the Mahindra USA Women in Ag Scholarship Program, visit

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