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The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Future of America (AFA) has selected two area high school students to receive one-year AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships. Both scholarships are presented to high school graduates pursuing four-year degrees in agriculture or related degree programs. This year's recipients are Emily Smith, a senior at McPherson High School, and Taylor Dieball, a senior at Inman High School. Smith plans to study Food Science at Kansas State University. Dieball will attend Butler Community College to study Animal Science. In addition to receiving a $3,200 academic scholarship, Smith and Dieball will attend the AFA Leaders Conference in November. The event is held in Kansas City, Mo., and attracts over 800 top agriculture student from across the nation.AFA partners with businesses and individual donors to provide scholarships and intern opportunities to students who are actively pursuing careers in an agriculture-related industry. It is through partnerships such as these that the needs of youth are met, intern opportunities are created, scholarship dollars are allotted and leaders skills are enhanced. AFA was founded in 1996 by the late R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., and is headquartered in Kansas City. In addition to providing scholarships to high school students in the Midwest region, the organization also provides leader and career development training and internship assistance to college students across the United States.