Earn Money the Rice Way

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Rice, camera, action
Aug 15, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA – If you’re thinking about how to pay for college next year -- Think Rice -- because the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship video contest is here.  And it’s easy to participate!  

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.

Entries 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!  

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 2019 USA Rice Outlook Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and third-place $1,500.

Last year’s grand prize winner, Caroline Benoit, graduated from Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans, and she’s headed to Tulane University this fall.  Her video expounded on her locale’s famous Cajun cuisine to tell a broader story about Louisiana rice production.

“When most people think of rice they think of the most obvious – food – but there’s more to rice than that so I wanted to show the positive environmental impact rice production has on my state,” said Benoit.  

Entries are due by October 31.

For more information and tips on making a great video, go to the NRM scholarship webpage.