ISA Crop Sciences Scholarships Available at Four State Universities

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

BLOOMINGTON - Dec. 2, 2010 - College students interested in pursuing careers in crop sciences at four of the state's universities have scholarship opportunities available through the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). The group is sponsoring scholarships at Illinois State University (ISU), Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Western Illinois University (WIU) for the 2011-12 school year.  

"Our goal is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in a program that supports students interested in crop sciences and who can ultimately fill much-needed industry positions. Global population growth is going to create greater demand for food and a greater need to produce more food per acre," says Ron Moore, ISA chairman and a soybean farmer from Roseville. "Students often overlook what can be exciting and well paying career opportunities in crop sciences.  We hope to help attract talented young people to address the challenge of feeding the world."

Crop science job opportunities include everything from crop production specialists who provide field consultation, to plant breeders and scientists who use biotechnology and molecular techniques to develop new genetic traits for soybean growth and end products. Salaries for graduating bachelor degree crop scientists range from $35,000 to $60,000 annually.

Scholarship dollar amounts and availability and application requirements vary by university. The scholarship is open to both incoming freshmen for 2011-12 and transfer students.  

For more information about the scholarships, visit www.ilsoy.org, or contact the respective university or high school guidance counselors. Scholarship deadlines are fast approaching and include a Jan. 7, 2011, deadline for all students at ISU, Jan. 15 deadline for incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois, Jan. 31 deadline at SIUC, and Feb. 1, 2011, deadline for transfers at the University of Illinois. Details for the WIU scholarship are pending.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: www.ilsoy.org.