The College of Agriculture and its departments awarded more than $1 million in scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year.

"Support for students allows our academic departments to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students," said Catherine Woteki, Iowa State dean of agriculture. "Helping these young men and women is an investment in our future."

More than 750 students received scholarships through the college and its 15 departments. In November donors were recognized for their support at a donor recognition event. Grant Thompson, a junior in horticulture from Des Moines; Katie Petersen, a senior in plant health and protection from Muscatine; and Lorilee Schultz, a sophomore in agricultural business from Boone spoke about how the funds have helped them.

"Our students described how the scholarships helped alleviate their financial burdens and helped them pursue opportunities in research, travel and leadership activities," Woteki said.

The scholarship funds are supported entirely with donor's gifts and awarded yearly based on endowment earnings for scholarships and annual contributions specifically for scholarships. The combined gifts of donors during the past several decades have provided support for the awards.

Scholarships are available for students at all educational levels. For more information about scholarships go to or call 515-294-6614.

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