(Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) — With a $100,000 gift, Monsanto Company has established the Monsanto Scholarship Fund in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Their goal is to support the education of students interested in the plant sciences, including plant biotechnology and biological engineering. The scholarship award can be used for costs associated with attendance including tuition, books, fees, and supplies.
"The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources certainly appreciates Monsanto's generosity in establishing this scholarship in support of our students. I anticipate that this scholarship will be an incentive for students to major in programs that are at the cutting edge of plant sciences and biological engineering," said Andrew "Andy" Hashimoto, Dean, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Monsanto, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, is an agricultural company that applies innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more. The company's farm stations in Hawaiʻi assist in the development of better-quality seeds to help farmers grow crops sustainably so the farmers can be successful; produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber; and help reduce agriculture's impact on our environment. The company is part of Hawaiʻi's growing seed crop industry, which employs approximately 2,000 people in the state and generates $13.8 million per year in tax revenue. Counting direct and indirect expenditures, the industry’s economic impact is at least $342 million.
"Hawaiʻi is the gateway to the future of worldwide agriculture, and we want to support and encourage as many local students who are interested in pursuing an exciting and meaningful career in agriculture," said Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto Hawaiʻi. "Agricultural researchers and workers use science and technology to make farming better, and seek solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing challenges — environmental and economic sustainability, food security, drought, malnutrition and hunger, to name a few. For that, we need and want highly skilled, well educated workers who are passionate about making a difference. It is our hope that many Hawaiʻi students will take advantage of this new program with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and go on to fulfilling careers in agriculture."
This scholarship will benefit full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying agricultural plant sciences, biotechnology or biological engineering and pursuing a degree in Agricultural Sciences at the College. Recipients will need to have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Students interested in applying for the scholarship can get more information from CTAHR's Academic and Student Affairs Office, 3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 211, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822.
For more information on how you can support CTAHR, please contact Harriet Cintron at Harriet.Cintron@uhfoundation.org or (808) 956-3594. To make a gift online please visit http://www.uhf.hawaii.edu/GivetoCTAHR.