Credit announces agriculture scholarship program
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[January 13, 2009]
MAHOMET -- More than $20,000 in
scholarships will be awarded to college-bound students who are
pursuing an agriculture-related curriculum and career. Farm Credit
Services of Illinois will present a $1,000 "We Understand"
Agriculture Scholarship to each of 23 high school seniors this
"We know the value of investing in young people who have a passion
for agriculture. We need some of the brightest of today's youth to
become tomorrow's agricultural leaders," says Dave Owens, president
and CEO of Farm Credit Services of Illinois. "The ‘We Understand'
Agriculture Scholarship program helps us promote the positive
opportunities of exploring careers in the agriculture industry --
including production agriculture." Scholarship selections are based
on a combination of academic achievement, participation, leadership
in school and community organizations, and the applicant's level of
commitment to an agricultural career.
To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be high school
seniors who plan to enroll in a college or university during the
fall 2009 semester and pursue an agriculture-related academic major
or career. Applicants must reside in one of the 60 southern Illinois
counties in Illinois served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois. The
scholarship application deadline is March 15.
Applications for the "We Understand" Agriculture Scholarship are
available at the 21 Farm Credit Services of Illinois branch offices
and online at
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Questions about the scholarship can be sent to
Farm Credit Services of Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed
agricultural lending cooperative with more than $2.3 billion of
assets. Farm Credit provides competitive farm financing and crop
insurance expertise to 8,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural
landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois. The mission of
the U.S. Farm Credit System is to provide financial capital and
financial services to agriculture and rural America.
[Text from file received from
Farm Credit Services of