Five students from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been selected to receive the inaugural North Carolina Soybean Research Scholarship. The awards, recently announced by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, are presented to students studying soybean production and involved in soybean research.
The association established the scholarships to support students who are seeking careers in the soybean industry. The scholarships will be awarded annually based on merit and need, with a strong preference for students from North Carolina soybean-farming families.
The CALS students to receive the 2012-2013 North Carolina Soybean Research Scholarships are Joseph Cheek, Alamance County, a junior in plant and soil sciences; Henry M. Edmondson, Martin County, a junior in plant and soil sciences; Cullen Bennett Williford, Wilson County, a sophomore in plant and soil sciences; Hunter Thomas, Person County, a junior in agricultural science; and Samuel Reid, Pasquotank County, a second-year field crops technology student in the Agricultural Institute.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this new scholarship through the soybean check-off to students who have demonstrated an interest in the soybean industry,” said Jimmy Thomas, soybean farmer from Roxboro and president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. “The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association saw a need to encourage bright students to pursue studies in soybean production and research, to ultimately positively impact the soybean industry and to help meet the demand for food in our growing population.”
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is a statewide trade association representing all the state’s soybean producers, and it is responsible for research, education and promotion programs to benefit the state’s soybean farmers. The association is the qualified state board responsible for administering national soybean check-off programs in North Carolina. It is the state affiliate of the American Soybean Association.