Press Release

ISA Checkoff Program Awards Crop Sciences Scholarships

May 09, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISA Checkoff Program Awards Crop Sciences Scholarships

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 9, 2018 – Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) representatives have chosen five college students to receive crop science scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. The scholarships are funded through the ISA checkoff program.
 
Two recipients are enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and three are enrolled at the University of Illinois. All students are pursuing agricultural coursework with concentrations in such areas as plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology and weed and crop management. 
 
“Investing in the next generation of agricultural producers and leaders is an important priority for ISA. This year’s class is reflective of the bright future ahead for our industry,” says Jenny Mennenga, soybean farmer from LeRoy, Ill., and ISA Production and Outreach Committee chair. “To feed the growing world population on the same number of acres and in a continued sustainable manner, we have to educate future researchers to help improve soybean production.”
 
Students offered 2018-19 scholarships include:
 
Luke Boeckman, Clinton, Ill.  Boeckman is majoring in crop sciences at the University of Illinois.
 
“I chose this field of study because I am very interested in the genetics of crops as well as how to get the most out of each individual seed. Through my studies and life experiences, I have learned a lot about crop and soil sciences and their importance,” he says.
 
Haley Gregson, Monroe, Ill.  Gregson is majoring in crop sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 
“My vision is to develop more technological advancements to benefit farmers to their best advantages. I hope to assist farmers in decision-making, whether it be improvements on their farms or simply making sure they know what they want or need,” she says.
 
Grace Pytlinski, Jefferson, Ill.  Pytlinski is majoring in agronomy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 
“I have the desire to be an agronomist because I long to give back to the industry that has given me the life I have grown to love. I want to give back to the industry that has allowed me to understand the value of hard work and determination,” she says.
 
Adlai Schetter, Jersey, Ill.  Schetter is majoring in crop sciences at the University of Illinois.
 
“A degree in crop sciences will allow me to be able to work with companies to create better varieties of cash crops. These varieties will ultimately produce higher yields on less farm ground,” he says.
 
Emily Vaughn, Iroquois, Ill.  Vaughn is majoring in agronomy at the University of Illinois.
 
“The challenge and excitement of learning something new and sharing a passion with others led me to a major in crop sciences and the hopes of becoming a plant breeder for a large agricultural company after the completion of graduate school,” she says.
 
The IAA Foundation administers the scholarship program for ISA. Awardees are encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research and attend graduate school. Scholarships were awarded based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. 
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues 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.
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For more information, contact:
Rachel Peabody
peabodyr@ilsoy.org
217-825-7654
 
Angel Terrell
309-808-3600