Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

February 26, 2008 14:26 ET

Monsanto Kicks Off 2008 Scholarship Program

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - Monsanto Canada today released details of its 2008 Opportunity Scholarship program for grade 12 graduating students from farm families who plan to pursue post-secondary education in agriculture or forestry.

2008 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agricultural sciences or forestry at a recognized Canadian educational institution. In 2008, Monsanto will award approximately 50 to 60 deserving students with a $1,500 scholarship to help pay for their studies. Entering its 17th year, the Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program has awarded almost $1 million to thousands of deserving students since the program's inception in 1991.

"Our scholarship program continues to grow and it is certainly one of the most rewarding programs we provide through our corporate giving program," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "Every year we are impressed by the achievements and commitment of the students who apply and it is terrific to see the very best and brightest wanting to pursue careers in agriculture or forestry."

Monsanto 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 agricultural sciences 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 post-marked no later than May 16, 2008.

Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English were distributed to high schools, 4-H Clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies last week. Application forms are also available from Monsanto's CustomCare® 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 2008.

Through its corporate giving program, Monsanto Canada seeks opportunities to support associations or programs with a focus on science and agricultural education; agricultural awareness; leadership and development opportunities for rural youth; and farm safety. Between $300,000 and $400,000 annually is provided to charitable and community groups across the country through Monsanto Canada's corporate giving program.

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