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Agriculture scholarships available to Illinois students

Ten high school seniors will receive $2,000 scholarships from state treasurer

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias wants Illinois high school seniors who plan to study agriculture-related majors in college to apply for his office’s Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships.

Giannoulias will award 10 $2,000 scholarships to students who plan on attending an Illinois-based college or university in the fall.

Applications must be postmarked on or before May 14, 2010.

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 2009-10 school year, be accepted at an accredited higher education institution in Illinois by the application deadline and plan to pursue a career in agriculture or an agriculture-related field.

Students must also submit a completed application, which is available either on the treasurer’s web site, www.treasurer.il.gov or by calling 217-557-6436.

The following information must be included with the application:

• A statement of goals and future plans

• A typed essay (minimum 250 words) identifying the reason(s) you 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 scholarship committee will select the winners. The Treasurer’s Office will notify the winners by May 28, 2010.

To date, the Treasurer’s Office has awarded $125,000 in scholarships to rural and urban students seeking degrees in a broad array of agriculture-related fields, from crop and livestock production to agri-business, engineering, communications, economics and animal science.

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