Farm Credit Services to award scholarships

Farm Credit Services to award scholarships Farm Credit Services of America announced its 2003-2004 scholarship program to assist students pursuing an agriculture-related degree.

Beginning in the fall of 2003, Farm Credit Services of America will award a scholarship to four college students at the junior or senior level who are studying agriculture at one of the land grant universities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The program will award $1,000 to a college junior or senior with a qualifying major.

The scholarships are part of Farm Credit Services of America's multi-faceted Young and Beginning Producer program. Other aspects of the program include conventional and outreach operating, equipment and real estate loans, FFA and 4-H student project loans, educational and finance sponsorships of FFA, 4-H and other agricultural leadership programs and activities.

"For Farm Credit Services of America, agriculture isn't just something we do, it's everything we do," said Neil Olsen, executive vice president. "So, it's easy to understand the vested interest we have in the future of agriculture; a future, which will be influenced and shaped by America's next generation."

Students interested in applying for an Farm Credit Services of America scholarship must be a college junior or senior with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. He or she must also be enrolled in the College of Agriculture with course work emphasis in agribusiness or economics, or enrolled in the College of Business Administration with course work emphasis in agribusiness, finance, accounting or economics at Iowa State University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, South Dakota State University or University of Wyoming. Qualifying applicants must also be residents of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming and have an agricultural background or work related experience in agriculture.

Information on the program and how to apply is available on the Association's Web site at www.fcsamerica.com. The deadline to submit an application is between Feb. 1 and March 1.

Farm Credit Services of America, with assets of more than $7.2 billion, provides credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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