Mountaire Farms announced this week a new scholarship program for graduating seniors at schools in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Farm to Table Scholarship program is designed for students with a passion for agriculture, the culinary arts, or related fields that support food production.

“During the pandemic, many people across Delmarva and the country saw the strain put on our nation’s food supply,” Mountaire Farms President Phillip Plylar said. “The empty shelves at many retailers brought home the critical importance of American agriculture. We have two goals with this scholarship. The first is to shine a light on the important work of the people who grow, raise, prepare, and serve the food we eat every day. The second is to show our thanks by supporting local youth in pursuing their careers.”

In partnership with WBOC, Mountaire announced in a press release that it will select a new Farm to Table Scholar every month who will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship and be featured in a profile to air on WBOC and Fox 21. Two overall winners, one male and one female, will be named during a banquet at the end of the academic year where they will also receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.