Each year, the NTPA assists in awarding scholarships to students involved in the pulling industry who are pursuing higher-education. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for 2020.
The deadline for all 2020 scholarship applications is November 16, 2020. All applications should be made using the online form, here.
Applications are now open to apply for the 2020 World Pulling International and Pullers Against Drugs Higher Education Scholarships. High school seniors and college students in good academic standing who are immediate family members of NTPA competitors, crew members, officials, clerks, promoters, and associates are encouraged to apply for three $1,000 awards. Sponsoring these scholarships once again is K&K Insurance and World Pulling International. The application includes a series of questions regarding school and community involvement, along with a written essay prompt.
The essay prompt is: The year 2020 will be remembered as among the most tumultuous in American history. While our free society has always been tolerant of differing points of view, it seems that our citizenry is as divided as it has ever been on matters of politics, economics, safety, and health. Describe an interaction with a classmate, a teacher, a relative, or a friend with whom you respectfully ‘agreed to disagree’ on an issue of your choice. What reasoning did they provide to support their opinion, and what reasoning did you provide to support your opinion?
In honor of the longtime Super Farm, the family of the late Rod Deck created the Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship in the fall of 2020. Deck, a third-generation farmer and two-time Grand National champion (“Dream On”), passed in March 2020 after a courageous years-long battle with cancer. His son Bryan continues to pull “One Bad Apple” in the Limited Pro Stock division. Deck's daughters, Michelle DeBoer and Melyssa Dexter, have committed to awarding a $1,000 scholarship for each of the next five years (2020-2025) to a student in good academic standing who is enrolled or intends to enroll in a college or trade school. A new recipient will be chosen each year.
Applicants must be, be nominated by, or be affiliated with an NTPA member and must complete the online application here. The application includes an essay which will be judged to determine the winner. For 2020, the essay topic is as follows: “The coronavirus pandemic got many people thinking about our nation’s food supply. To someone who is unfamiliar with a farm-to-market delivery chain, describe a challenge that arises when the chain for a dairy, meat, or produce item is momentarily interrupted.”
Though winners are traditionally recognized at the annual NTPA Awards Banquet, due to the 2020 cancellation of this year-end celebration scholarship winners will instead be announced online at www.NTPApull.com and in The Puller magazine.