Minnesota is a leader in biodiesel promotion across the country. In fact, the state has become the first in the nation to require nearly all of the diesel fuel sold here to contain biodiesel, which is a cleaner-burning alternative fuel that can be made with soybean oil. Diesel fuel sold in Minnesota now contains a 10 percent blend of biodiesel from April 1 to Sept. 30 and a 5 percent blend in the remaining cold months.
To help raise awareness of this important and emerging alternative fuel in our state, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council sponsors the annual Biodiesel Essay Scholarship administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The Association also supports biodiesel as a Clean Air Choice®.
Students interested in the Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Essay Scholarship must write an essay in 1,000 words or less on a biodiesel topic that interests them, or one of the following:
- Biodiesel’s benefits to Minnesota
- Expanding biodiesel’s use: opportunities and challenges
- How can you impact biodiesel use in your area
Scholarship entry is open to all high school seniors in Minnesota with plans to attend postsecondary education. All entries must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 to the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
Go to cleanairchoice.org to learn more about the scholarship and apply.