Central Lakes College is one of five Minnesota schools accepting scholarship students who want to pursue studies in agricultural education.
The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council has earmarked $28,000 for agricultural education scholarships and $20,800 for a biotechnology grants program.
"We are very pleased that we will be able to make these financial resources available for agricultural education programs in Minnesota," said Patrick Plonski, MAELC executive director.
He announced the renewal of the CLC partnership at St. Mathias during Ag Day Revisited, an event hosted by the college's Farm Business Management program.
MAELC's scholarship programs are designed as an incentive for high-quality students to pursue studies at the University of Minnesota Division of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Education and its partner programs at CLC, the University of Minnesota-Crookston, Ridgewater College (Willmar), South Central Technical College (Mankato) and Minnesota West College (Worthington).
The $28,000 for agricultural education scholarships is destined for three programs:
* $16,000 is provided in cooperation with the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences for Agricultural Education programs on the St. Paul campus.
* $10,000 goes to students participating in one of the partner programs.
* $2,000 is for scholarship stipends to help defray costs related to student teaching experiences in rural Minnesota. MAELC will continue to seek scholarship dollars from alternative sources.
* MAELC serves as a focal point for initiatives to improve agricultural education in Minnesota.
Plonski said MAELC will accept applications for a biotechnology grant program designed to provide a package of biotechnology equipment and instructor training for high school agricultural education programs.
MAELC has secured $20,800 in private grant funds to leverage this project with donations provided by the Medtronic Foundation ($10,000); CHS Foundation ($10,000); MINN-DAK Farmers Cooperative ($600); and AgCountry Farm Credit Services ($200).
"Biotechnology is one of the cutting edge sciences of our day," said Plonski. "We want to ensure that agricultural education students in Minnesota are well-versed in this topic and fully understand its implications."
Established in 1997 by the Legislature, MAELC is composed of 16 educators, legislators, government officials, and agribusiness and community organization representatives. MAELC is part of the University of Minnesota system and represents all of the major institutions and groups in Minnesota with an interest in agricultural education.
To obtain an MAELC scholarship or grant application contact MAELC by calling (612) 624-6256, fax (612) 625-2798, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and on the Web at www.maelc.state.mn.us.
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