Ray Stoesser Memorial Scholarship

In partnership with the US Rice Producers Association, the Stoesser family is offering a $5,000 scholarship each year to one deserving high school senior or current college student who is interested in or is currently pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field. 

In addition to the monetary award, the selected recipient will serve as a student ambassador for USRPA in 2023 with an expectation of participating in at least two activities during the calendar year. The recipient will be invited to participate in various USRPA activities, including but not limited to Field Days, legislative activities, Texas Rice Council meetings, conferences, and more.

The application deadline was December 1st, 2022.

Specific criteria for selection:

  1. Applicants should have the intention of pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field. Applications will be accepted from high school seniors, college students, and/or college graduate students.
  2. In addition to completing the online application form, applicants should submit a video no longer than 5 minutes answering the following question:
  3. What is your vision for the next generation of the U.S. rice industry?
    • Please cover topics relevant to the future of the US rice industry, such as food security/safety, sustainability, etc. 

2023 Recipients

First Place

Gayla Rose

Livingston, TX

Second Place

Morgan Dennis

Maxwell, CA

Third Place

Jaime Hahn

Katy, TX

Natalia Trounce

Palo Alto, CA

2022 Recipients

First Place

Lance Nicholas

Katy, TX

Second Place

Brooke Bradford

Shirley, AR

Third Place

Cali Newdigger

Pratt, KS

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