MARIANNA — Farm Credit of Northwest Florida will provide scholarship opportunities totaling $9,000 to six high school seniors within its chartered territory. The area includes 18 counties in the Florida Panhandle.

Preference for the AgVocator Scholarship will go to students pursuing a degree in agriculture, forestry, horticulture or veterinary medicine. In addition to area of study, consideration will go to each applicant’s academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes and leadership qualities.

"This year’s scholarship recipients should aspire to make a difference in their communities and be well on their way to becoming agriculture’s forthcoming leaders and entrepreneurs," CEO Rick Bitner says.

"The Farm Credit Board of Directors is very supportive of the opportunity to invest in the future of deserving students and their families, and hope for a prosperous education experience," Farm Credit of Northwest Florida Chairman Richard Terry says.

Two students in each of these Farm Credit of Northwest Florida territories will receive a scholarship: 

The Eastern region, made up of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties 
The Central region, made up of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties 
The Western region, made up of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties 

Applications are due no later than Feb. 12. Visit for a copy of the application and to learn more about the guidelines and eligibility. Contact Dorislynn White-Padgett at or 718-7906 for more information.