(September 28, 2010) Washington – Educating America’s students about America’s number one alternative fuel is an important step in working toward an oil dependent-free future. The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) are offering scholarships to six students in higher education to attend the 2011 National Ethanol Conference: Building Bridges to a More Sustainable Future, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona February 20 – 22.

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is recognized as the premiere gathering arena for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. The NEC is a perfect opportunity for students interested in the world of renewable fuels to meet and connect with ethanol industry leaders, top policymakers and preeminent experts in the field of renewable fuels.

“America’s energy security will one day rest in the hands of our country’s youth,” said Mike Jerke, RFF Chairman and General Manager of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. “We encourage students to attend the National Ethanol Conference to network with industry leaders and learn how important alternative fuels like ethanol are to our independence on foreign oil and our economy.”

The scholarships will cover the cost of the NEC registration fee – a $775 value – making the conference free to chosen students. Recipients will be responsible for all other costs associated with travel to/from the conference, including airfare, hotel and non-conference meals. Additional financial assistance to offset travel expenses may be available at the discretion of the RFF/RFA.

Applicants will be asked to explain in detail how this scholarship will assist them in achieving their academic and/or career goals in 500 words or less. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, a current resume and an official school transcript. This scholarship opportunity is open only to those students attending a U.S. institution of higher learning and enrolled in an approved ethanol-related program. All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2010. To download an application, please click here.