Crop Science Scholarship

Are you or is someone you know considering a career in crop sciences?

The ag industry is full of career opportunities. From researchers and engineers to sales and PR representatives, if you have a love of crop sciences, we have the job for you. Just look at the many job prospects that could be within your reach:

Agriculture Career Profiles

Explore more than 50 careers in crop sciences. Each profile begins with real life testimonials from people on the job, then moves on to more general information such as the type of degree and experience required as well as job prospects and salary ranges. Popular crop science fields include: entomologist, plant scientist/field agronomist, plant breeding & biotechnology, soil scientist and research.

“ISA recognizes the need to develop the next generation of soybean researchers to fill key roles in education and industry. These scholarships are one way to encourage the most promising students to pursue careers in crop sciences."  says Rowen Ziegler, soybean farmer from LaHarpe, Ill., and former chairman of the ISA Production Committee.

Listen to what previous ISA scholarship winners are saying:

“I am pursuing a double major in crop and soil science and agronomy management and a minor in chemistry and will try and graduate in three years. The scholarship provides an opportunity to network and go beyond what is expected.” - Michael Ruffatti – ISU

“This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my education without the worry of a financial burden, which increased the focus on my studies.” - Jarai Carter – U of I

Apply for a $4,000 Crop Sciences Scholarship from ISA

ISA, with funding from the soybean checkoff, is investing in the future of agriculture. Offering up to 10 scholarships worth $4,000 each for the 2014-15 school year, we encourage crop science majors entering their junior year to apply. Studies must be completed at one of Illinois' four ag universities:

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, all applicants must be students beginning their junior year or transfer students enrolling in one of the participating schools as a junior. Students interested in applying for the scholarship 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. Awarding of scholarships will be based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need, and the individuals who receive the scholarships also will be encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research, attend graduate school and choose a career in soybean research.

How to Apply

Guidelines, applications and an activities template are available at, beginning December 1, 2013, through the application deadling, February 1, 2014. We have also supplied you with a list of FAQs.

Want to Learn More?

Download the 2014-2015 ISA soybean scholarship brochure. Or take a look at how past participants have benefited from the ISA crop sciences scholarship by doing the following:


Watch Videos of Winners
Many of our scholarship winners attended the 2011 Research Tour. Take a look as students from ISU SIUC U of I
Browse Photo Galleries
See previous winners from SIUC and U of I.


Please direct any questions to the program administrator at the IAA Foundation, by calling (309) 557-2230 or emailing