(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)--Applications for the 2012 Missouri Corn Scholarships are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related areas of agriculture. This year, 10 deserving students will be awarded $750 scholarships by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.
"With constricting budgets and expected tuition hikes, we want to ensure agriculture students have every opportunity to further their education," says Kyle Kirby, Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee chairman and farmer from Liberal, Mo. "By helping these students build a firm foundation in education, we are strengthening future leaders and investing in our industry."
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.
Missouri Corn Scholarship applications are available for download at Missouri Corn Online. Interested students can also call the Missouri Corn office toll-free 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. 10, 2012 to be eligible.
Applications will be reviewed by the Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee and recipients will be notified by mail on or before April 16, 2012. This is the fifteenth year Missouri Corn Scholarships have been available. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, please visit www.mocorn.org.