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Monsanto Canada Launches 2009 Scholarship Program

Monsanto Canada will once again of fer between 60 and 70 scholarships to Grade 12 graduating students from farm families who plan to pursue postsecondary education in agriculture or forestry in the fall of 2009.

Mo n s a n t o Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture or forestry at a recognized Canadian educational institution. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500. Entering its 18th year, the Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program has awarded almost $1 million to thousands of deserving students since the program’s inception in 1991.

“Monsanto is proud to support post-secondary education opportunities for students who want to pursue studies and hopefully careers in agriculture,” said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. “Our scholarship program is just one way we can show support for those who have a passion for agriculture and want to enter this growing and vibrant sector.”

Mo n s a n t o Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria:

Students must come from a family farm and/or forestry background with confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in an agriculture or forestry program;

Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in their rural community;

Students must submit a completed application form, which includes an essay that outlines what area of agriculture or forestry they would like to work in and why;

All completed application forms must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2009.

Scholar ship appl icat ion forms and posters in both French and English are in the process of being distributed to high schools, 4-H clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms are also available from Monsanto’s CustomCare(R) line at 1-800-667-4944 or they can be accessed online at www.monsanto.ca.

All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and winning entries will be announced in September 2009.

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