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Sen. Brady: Agriculture Scholarships Available

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[March 19, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- High school seniors planning to study agriculture in college are being encouraged to apply for $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded this spring through the state's Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program, according to state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.

Applications for the program, which is administered by the Illinois State Treasurer's Office are available at, at schools and local Farm Bureaus. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 15. [To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for the PDF file, click here.]

All high school seniors with Illinois residency can apply for these scholarships. To be eligible, students must have a 2.75 minimum grade-point average during the 2007-2008 school year, be accepted at an accredited institute of higher education in Illinois by May 15, and plan to pursue an agriculture-related major.

Applicants are required to include the following information:

  • A typed essay (minimum 250 words) identifying the reason(s) they want to pursue a career in agriculture or an agriculture-related field

  • An official high school transcript

  • Two letters of reference, including one from a non-school source

  • A list of extracurricular activities

  • A statement of goals and future plans

Winners will be announced by May 30.

The scholarships are funded by the Bright Start College Savings Program.

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Bill Brady by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

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