Raleigh – The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association announced a new scholarship they will sponsor at N.C. State University at the Annual Commodities Conference of the North Carolina corn, cotton, small grains and soybean associations held last week at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C.
The scholarship will be called the Soybean Research Scholarship and will be awarded annually. Scholarships will be awarded through an application process to students who meet eligibility requirements and/or demonstrate need, and are engaged in soybean research projects in participating departments at N.C. State University. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, and second-semester first year or second year Ag Institute students are eligible to apply.
A signing ceremony was held to formalize the agreement between the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association and N.C. State University. Representatives from the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association included Jimmy Thomas, President, of Timberlake, N.C., and Reggie Strickland, Scholarship Committee Chair, of Mt. Olive, N.C. Attending on behalf of N.C. State University were Johnny Wynne, Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Kenneth Esbenshade, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, and David Smith, Associate Dean and Director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service.
“The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is proud to be able to support N.C. State University and students who are interested in careers in the soybean industry through this new scholarship program,” said Jimmy Thomas. “North Carolina’s agricultural roots run deep at N.C. State and we are excited to be a part of developing the next generation of soybean farmers in our state.”
$25,000 was committed annually to fund the scholarship. The scholarships will be renewable each year a student is enrolled at N.C.S.U. provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements and participate in soybean-related research projects. Students can apply for the scholarship through College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Academic Programs.
For more information, call Charles Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association at (800) 839-5775.