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March is deadline for ag scholarship

Thursday, January 16, 2003

AREA -- Missouri high school seniors planning to pursue degrees in agriculture or related fields such as family or consumer sciences could be eligible for financial aid from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The department will award 23 college scholarships to seniors from rural backgrounds with income from the family farm. Fifteen $500 scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to attend a designated Missouri college or university that offers bachelor's degrees in agriculture or related fields. Eight $250 scholarships will be awarded to high seniors who plan to attend designated Missouri junior colleges that offer associate degrees in those fields.

"These scholarships are an investments in our best resource: Missouri youth," said Lowell Mohler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. "The future of our agriculture industry depends on well-educated rural youth, so I am pleased to assist in this way."

He said the number of scholarships awarded to each college or university is based on student enrollment in agriculture and related family and consumer science programs at each institution. Students can get their scholarship applications from their high school counselors, 4-H Extension youth specialists, FFA advisors or by writing the Missouri Department of Agriculture at P.O. Box 530 Jefferson City, MO., 65102 r call 573-751- 5618.



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