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Joshua Clark of Lincoln wins 2010 Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

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[August 18, 2010]  Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announced Tuesday that Joshua Ryan Clark of Lincoln is a recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship.

More than 100 high school seniors applied for the competitive scholarships and Joshua was one of 10 well-deserving winners honored Tuesday at the Illinois State Fair. He will receive a $2,000 deposit into a Bright Start College Savings Program account.

Joshua, son of Stan and Lisa Clark, plans to pursue a degree in diesel-powered equipment technology at Illinois Central College. He's already had some on-the-job training, helping his father maintain trucks and trailers and working the "dirty jobs" -- fixing machinery and producing swine -- at Paulus Farms.

The Illinois State Treasurer's Office supports the pursuit of higher education at an Illinois college or university through the Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program. The office has awarded $145,000 in scholarships to rural and urban students seeking degrees in a broad array of agriculture-related fields, from crop and livestock production to agribusiness, engineering, communications, economics and animal science.

Bright Start is a 529 college savings plan administered by the treasurer's office. It was recently named one of the top five college savings programs in the country by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

[Text from file received from the Illinois State Treasurer's Office]


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