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Treasurer Giannoulias Offers Annual Agricultural Scholarships

Applications Are Due by May 15

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[February 28, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has doubled the number of scholarships his office will award this year to high school seniors who plan to study agriculture in college.

Giannoulias will award 10 $2,500 scholarships through the Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program, which is administered by his office.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer twice as many scholarships to students that will be future farmers or involved in one of the top industries in our state," Giannoulias said. "Farming plays a vital role in our state's economy, and it's critical that we encourage Illinois students to pursue careers in farming."

High school seniors who are Illinois residents can apply for these scholarships. Eligible students must have a minimum 2.75 grade-point average during the 2007-08 school year, be accepted to an accredited higher education institution in Illinois by May 15, and plan to pursue an agriculture-related major.

Students must also submit a completed application, which will be available at schools, farm bureaus or the offices of local state legislators. Applications are also available at, or call 217-557-6436. [To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for the PDF file, click here.]

[Text from file received from Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias]

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