JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Marking 25 years of supporting youth in agriculture, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council are continuing the longstanding tradition of awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships in 2021. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture.
“Helping provide students with the tools needed to keep corn on the cutting edge of technology benefits all of us,” said Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee Chairman Matt Lambert of Laclede. “By investing in students who have an interest and passion in Missouri agriculture, we are continuing to develop the future of our industry. This is one step we can take to help push the next generation forward in their careers, whether they pursue policy, agribusiness, or return to the farm.”
The Missouri Corn Scholarship Program was established in 1997 by the Missouri Corn board of directors. Since its inception, the program has grown from two $750 scholarships to the current level of seven $1,000 awards. Nearly 175 students have benefitted from the program to date.
“Being awarded the Missouri Corn Scholarship opened several doors of opportunity,” noted 2013 recipient Kaitlin Flick of Boonville. “The program provided much-needed financial assistance while I pursued my degree in plant sciences. It also led to internship opportunities and allowed me to be part of an organization that represents Missouri agriculture. Seven years later, I am an agronomist providing agronomic solutions to some of the best corn farmers in Missouri. To this day, I am grateful for the opportunity to receive a Missouri Corn Scholarship.”
Applications for the 2021 Missouri Corn Scholarships are available for download at www.mocorn.org under the Resources tab. Interested students can also call the Missouri Corn office at (800) 827-4181 to request an application. Students must submit an application form, official high school or college transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation to the Missouri Corn office by Feb. 12, 2021, to be eligible.
High school senior applicants must be Missouri residents from a Missouri farm or rural area. They must plan to attend a two- or four-year Missouri college or university and major in agronomy or agriculture-related field. The scholarship funds will apply toward the freshman year of college expenses for high school winners.
College applicants must also be Missouri residents from a Missouri farm or rural area, and currently a junior enrolled in a Missouri four-year college or university majoring in agronomy or agriculture-related field. The scholarship funds will apply toward the senior year of expenses for college winners.
The Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee will review the applications, and recipients will be notified by mail on or before April 15, 2021. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, visit www.mocorn.org.
— Missouri Corn Growers Association
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