Press Release

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarships Available for 2014 College Juniors

December 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, ILL – December 19, 2013 – Applications for the Illinois Soybean Association's (ISA) college crop sciences scholarships are now available.  The scholarships, which are funded through the soybean checkoff, support the education of future soybean scientists.  Students entering their junior year at specific Illinois universities in the fall of 2014, and who meet the scholarship's requirements, are eligible to apply.
 
ISA will offer up to 10 scholarships worth $4,000 each for the 2014-15 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.  
 
All applicants must be entering their junior year.  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.
 
Awards are based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need.  The IAA Foundation administers the scholarship program.  Guidelines and all application materials are available at www.iaafoundation.org.  Direct any questions to the program administrator at the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230 or smoore@ilfb.org.  Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2014.
 
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.
 
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For more information, contact:
Amy Roady
309-808-3610
309-663-7692
618-535-7937
 
Linda Kull
309-808-3614