The National Peanut Board (NPB), which represents 25,000 U.S. growers and their families, has announced the creation of a new award that celebrates the importance of agriculture and agricultural education. It honors one of the greatest agricultural scientists of all time — Dr. George Washington Carver.

The NPB's first-ever George Washington Carver Award will recognize outstanding leadership by one undergraduate or graduate student who, in the legacy of Dr. Carver, is engaged in advancing peanut research and development as well as active within the student's community. The inaugural winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and commemorative plaque. The student's alma mater also will receive $1,000 to be used specifically toward future peanut research.

Entries for the Carver Award will be judged first on their positive, measurable impact to the U.S. peanut industry In either one of two categories — peanut cultivation. or new peanut-product development. The second criterion will address the entrant's strength of character, including philanthropic activities outside of the classroom.

NPD has chosen a panel of judges from both academia and agriculture to award the grand prize.

Dr. Carver, born into slavery in the mid-19th century, is a celebrated botanist and inventor who overcame extraordinary obstacles to create an industry for Southern farmers through his peanut research, which he Began during the 1890s. Within 50 years, the peanut was one of the top six leading crops in the United States. Carver, known as the “Father of the Peanut Industry,” developed more than 300 uses for peanuts before his death in 1943.

Applications are available online at www.nationalpeanutboard.org

<http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org> and also at local college schools of agriculture.

All entries should be mailed to National Peanut Board, Dr. Carver Award, P.O. Box 1492, Atlanta, Ga 30301. For more information, e-mail questions to drcarveraward@nationalpeanutboard.org

<mailto:drcarveraward@nationalpeanutboard.org>.