Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors

The Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference draws hundreds of educators to St. Paul’s RiverCentre each year. The American Lung Association in Minnesota will also be there to announce this year’s Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Scholarship contest, which has sent winning high school seniors in Minnesota off to college with some extra cash.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association.

High school seniors in any public or private school in Minnesota may submit either a brief (1,000 words or less) essay or a brief (three minutes or less) video about biodiesel to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Rules and online applications are available at

Two scholarships will be awarded: a first-place award of $1,000 and a second-place award of $500. All essays and videos must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Biodiesel will play a larger role in reducing Minnesota’s air pollution starting May 1, 2018, when virtually all of the diesel sold in the state will contain a 20 percent biodiesel blend known as B20. Minnesota is the first state in the nation to require B20 in the warm weather months. In the winter, the blend will return to five percent (B5).


— Information provided by the American Lung Association