Tricounty News

AgStar Fund increases scholarships

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, increased its high school scholarship program funding amount to $20,000 to help more young people in rural areas continue their education. High school seniors who plan to continue their education to pursue careers in agricultural fields are encouraged to apply for one of the 15 - $1,000 scholarships available. Also available will be five - $1,000 scholarships awarded to high school seniors with an agricultural or rural background who plan to continue their education in any field of study. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2008.  Scholarships will be awarded to eligible seniors based on academic record, vocational promise, community service and leadership qualities. Applicants must possess a GPA of 3.0 or better. There will be four winners chosen from each of AgStar's five regions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Applicants must be residents of one of the 69 counties within AgStar's territory: Minnesota counties - Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Itasca, Isanti, Jackson, Kanabec, Lake, LeSueur, McLeod, Martin, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pine, Pipestone, Ramsey, Rice, Rock, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, or   Wright. Wisconsin Counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. Scholarships may be applied towards tuition at colleges, universities, technical or vocational schools. Students may obtain scholarship application forms from their high school counselor, their local AgStar office, or on-line at agstar.com. AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., operates in 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin serving rural communities and agribusinesses throughout the U.S. as part of the Farm Credit System. The company primarily serves the cash grain (corn and soybean production), swine and dairy industries. AgStar has also developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting and rural home mortgages. Visit agstar.com for more information on the AgStar Fund.