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2009 college scholarship applications now available

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Applications for the 2009 Missouri Corn Scholarships are now available for Missouri high school and college students. A total of ten $750 scholarships will be awarded by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council to high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a career in agronomy or agriculture-related field.

"Agriculture is an industry with rapidly changing technology that will require bright entrepreneurs to continue the innovation," said Paul Gross, Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee chairman and farmer from Corder, Mo. "Pursuing higher education can set youth on a path to success in this exciting and challenging industry. Missouri's corn farmers are honored to provide these scholarships to do our part to help grow strong agricultural leaders."

Missouri Corn Scholarship applications are now available for download from 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. 13 to be eligible.

Additional requirements for applicants are as follows:

High school senior applicants must be Missouri residents from a Missouri farm or rural area. They must also plan to attend a two-year 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.

"Last year's applicants were outstanding and we look forward to assisting ten deserving rural students this year," said Gross. "With the new year quickly approaching, we encourage students to begin laying the groundwork to reach their goals and prepare for their future."

Applications will be reviewed by the Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee and recipients will be notified by mail on or before April 15, 2009. This is the twelfth year Missouri Corn Scholarships have been available. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, please visit www.mocorn.org.

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Date: 12/31/08



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