School News for Jan. 6

Local student is soccer MVP

Benjamin Gillis, a freshman at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, was named most valuable player on the junior varsity soccer team at the school’s recent fall sports awards ceremony.

Gillis is the son of David Gillis of Flint Hill and Gracie Gillis of Jeffersonton.

Cargill scholarships available

Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, will award $350,000 in scholarships this year nationwide to high-school seniors who live in communities where the company has operations and who plan to enroll in post-secondary education next fall. (Horizon Milling in Culpeper is a local Cargill operation.)

The national program will award 350 $1,000 scholarships. In addition, each recipient’s high school will receive a $200 grant. National FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, will process the applications and select the scholarship recipients, although students do not need to be FFA members to be eligible for Cargill’s program. Students are chosen based on academic achievement and leadership in extracurricular and community activities; a Cargill employee in the community must sign the student’s application.

Last school year, Rappahannock County resident Austin Burnett was a recipient of one of the Cargill scholarships.

Scholarship guidelines and the application are available at (keyword “scholarship”) and Applications are due Feb. 15, and the scholarships will be awarded in May.