Soy assn. offers scholarships

Applications for the Illinois Soybean Association’s college crop sciences scholarships are now available. The scholarships, funded through the soybean checkoff, support the education of future soybean scientists. Students entering their junior year at specific Illinois universities in the fall, and who meet the scholarship’s requirements, are eligible to apply.

Up to 10 scholarships worth $4,000 each will be awarded in the 2014-15 school year to students majoring in crop sciences at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Western Illinois University.   

Students must plan to follow an agricultural course of study with a major in crop production or a crop science discipline, including breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed management or crop management, with an emphasis on soybeans. Recipients are encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research, attend graduate school and choose a career in soybean research. Recipients also can reapply to receive another $4,000 for their senior year.

Awards are based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. The IAA Foundation administers the scholarship program. Guidelines and all application materials are available at Direct any questions to the program administrator at the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230 or Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2014.

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