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ISA Announces 2014-15 Illinois Soybean Crop Science Scholars

May 12, 2014

ISA Announces 2014-15 Illinois Soybean Crop Science Scholars

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 12, 2014 –Eight college students were recently selected by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to receive crop science scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.  Five of the students are enrolled at the University of Illinois, two at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and one at Western Illinois University (WIU).  

"Illinois soybean farmers are pleased to be able to offer another group of promising students some assistance with their college expenses as they study ways to help us enhance our soybean productivity," says Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chairman.  "The program is funded through the soybean checkoff as a way for farmers to encourage future researchers to choose careers in crop sciences."

All of the students will follow an agricultural course of study with concentrations in crop science areas, including plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed or crop management, with an emphasis on soybeans.  Awardees are encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research and follow a career path that will lead to graduate school and research.  Scholarships were awarded on the basis of exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. 

The IAA Foundation administers the scholarship program on behalf of ISA.   Students offered 2014-15 scholarships include:

  • Tyler Barringer, Decatur, Ill.  Barringer attends the University of Illinois, and is majoring in crop sciences with a minor in agribusiness.  Tyler is the son of Michael and Kathleen Barringer. 
  • Danielle Cooney, Deer Grove, Ill.  Cooney is studying crop sciences at the University of Illinois.  She is the daughter of Tom and Joan Cooney.
  • Brent Mansfield, White Hall, Ill.  Mansfield attended John Wood College, and will attend the University of Illinois in the fall to major in crop science with an emphasis on integrated pest management.  Brent's parents are Andrew and Sally Mansfield.
  • Tyler Pokojski, Centralia, Ill.  Pokojski enters SIUC from Kaskaskia College, and will major in crop production and management with a minor in animal science.  He is the son of Matt and Beth Pokojski.
  • Kaleb Snider, Richland, Ill.  Snider attended Lake Land College, and will transfer to the University of Illinois to complete his degree in crop science.  Snider's parents are Duane and Tiffany Snider.
  • Seth Strom, Victoria, Ill.  Strom will major in crop science with a concentration in biotechnology and molecular biology, after having attended Black Hawk East.  He is the son of Victoria Strom.
  • Allison Thornton, Greenfield, Ill.  Thornton transfers from Lincoln Land Community College to Western Illinois University to major in crop and soil science with a minor in agricultural business.  She is the daughter of Samuel and Tracy Thornton.
  • Kayla Wiedau, Belleville, Ill.  Wiedau is working toward her degree in crop and soil sciences with a concentration in weed management at SIUC.  She transfers from Southwestern Illinois College.  Her parents are Steve Wiedau and Laura Matreci. 

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



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Linda Kull