Ten college juniors have been awarded crop science scholarships for the 2013-14 school year, courtesy of the Illinois Soybean Association.
Five of the students are enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, three at the University of Illinois, and one each at Illinois State University and Western Illinois University.
"We find this scholarship program, funded through the soybean checkoff, provides an opportunity for soybean farmers to encourage new researchers to choose careers in crop sciences and help us enhance the industry's productivity," says Rowen Ziegler, soybean farmer from LaHarpe and ISA Production Committee chairman. "We are pleased we can supplement the educational endeavors of students at the four Illinois universities offering crop sciences majors."
The students will study traditional crop science areas, with emphasis in plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology and weed or crop management. Awardees are encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research and follow a career path that will lead to graduate school and research. Scholarships were awarded on the basis of exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need.
ISA's 2013-14 scholarship winners are:
Matthew Anzelc, Newark, Ill. Anzelc attended Joliet Junior College, and is a double major in agribusiness and agronomy management at Illinois State University. He plans to attend graduate school before joining the family farm and working in agribusiness.
Elizabeth Bollin, Nauvoo, Ill. Bollin studied at Carl Sandburg before transferring to Western Illinois University to major in agribusiness and agronomy. She would like to manage a small business and find ways to help others better manage farm business.
Clayton Carley, Milford, Ill. Carley is attending Parkland College and the University of Illinois, and will major in crops and agricultural education with minors in chemistry and business. He took a year off between his freshman and sophomore years in college to serve as Illinois FFA State Treasurer. He ultimately will pursue a PhD. in agronomy.
Elliott Engele, Nashville, Ill. Engele enters SIUC from Kaskaskia College, and will major in plant and soil science. He plans to pursue an advanced degree and work for a seed or crop input company while also working with his family's farm.
Ben Hutchcraft, Ewing, Ill. Hutchcraft attended Rend Lake College, and will transfer to SIUC to complete his degree in plant and soil science. Hutchcraft hopes to work to improve crop technologies and help farmers maximize crop yields.
Collin Lynch, Taylorville, Ill. Lynch will major in plant and soil science at SIUC, after having attended Lincoln Land Community College. His career goal is to work to pursue better soybean yields and agronomic practices.
Michael Probst, Wheeler, Ill. Probst transfers from Lake Land Community College to the University of Illinois to major in crop science. He also plans to obtain an advanced degree before working with new science and technology as an agronomist.
Lanae Ringler, Blue Mound, Ill. Ringer is working toward her degree in crop sciences at the University of Illinois. She hopes to attend graduate school and become a plant breeder, where she would focus on sustainability by reducing water and energy use.
Kevin Schabacker, Chana, Ill. Schabacker is transferring to SIUC after completing an associate's degree at Kishwaukee Community College. He plans to major in crop and soil science and agribusiness and eventually seek a position in crop production, agronomy or a related research area.
Madison Knezwik-Smith, Hamel, Ill. Knezwik-Smith attends SIUC, and is seeking a degree in plant and soil sciences and agribusiness. She currently works in weed science, and aspires to become a crop production agronomist.
Source: Illinois Soybean Association