Applications now being accepted for AgVenture’s Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship

KENTLAND, IN (February 23, 2015) – Applications are now being accepted for the Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship. The one thousand dollar scholarship is awarded once a year to a college student with plans to pursue a career in agriculture working on a farm. Full-time students with a 3.0 grade point or higher are eligible.

Applicants must submit an essay of 500-1,000 words explaining why they chose a career in agriculture, and the benefits of having a college degree in that field. Applicants also must show community involvement. Students are encouraged to apply online before the March 27th deadline at the AgVenture Facebook page under the scholarship tab. Additional information is available by emailing

The Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship was established in memory of Earl Passwaters, a co-founder of AgVenture East Coast Seed, who passed away suddenly in 2011. Throughout his career, Passwaters was passionate about working directly with young farmers amidst a world of rapidly advancing agriculture technology. With a strong belief in the value of education, he remained committed to supporting their efforts. Through the scholarship, his legacy endures.

The 2015 scholarship is offered by Earl’s wife, Beth Passwaters, and their children, Brian and Mandy. East Coast Seed was founded 2008. Today the company continues to serve corn, soybean, and alfalfa producers across Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, providing them access to AgVenture® brand seed products and year-round professional seed support.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.