ISA Seeks Crop Sciences Majors to Apply for 2015-16 Scholarships

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – December 5, 2014 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) seeks college students interested in applying for crop sciences scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships are funded through the state soybean checkoff, and are made available to qualified students entering their junior year in the fall of 2015.

ISA will offer up to 10 scholarships worth $4,000 each for the 2015-16 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. Awards are based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need.

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.

The IAA Foundation administers the scholarship program. Guidelines and all application materials are available at www.iaafoundation.org. Direct any questions to Susan Moore, the IAA Foundation director and program administrator, at 309-557-2230 or smoore@ilfb.org. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2015.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.