Estienne wins Ag Youth Scholarship

Published 10:32 am Monday, June 6, 2011

Mark Montgomery, right, territory sales manager for Monsanto Co., presents a $1,500 scholarship to Robert Estienne to purse his agriculture-related studies at Virginia Tech. SUBMITTED

SUFFOLK—Lakeland High School student Robert “Bobby” Estienne has received one of 100 scholarships presented across the nation from Monsanto Co. and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

Pursuing a career in turf management, Estienne received a $1,500 Commitment to Ag Scholarship. A total of $150,000 in scholarships was awarded to seniors for their academic achievements and leadership in agriculture.

Estienne will attend Virginia Tech to pursue a degree in environmental science.

At Lakeland High School he was captain of the varsity volleyball and soccer teams, a four-year academic letterman and the salutatorian for the Class of 2011.

“Bobby is above and beyond the average student,” said Ronald Daughtrey, FFA advisor at Lakeland High School. “He is an excellent leader and the kind of kid you like to see receive a scholarship.”

Commitment to Ag Scholarship winners must be from a farming family, plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-based program at an accredited school and commit to obtaining a career in agriculture. Winners are chosen based on their academic record, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.