THE MISSISSIPPI Agricultural Industry Council several years ago set up an endowed fund to provide two annual scholarships to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Mississippi State University.

The scholarships are MAIC's way of supporting MSU while also preparing young people to enter careers in Mississippi agriculture.

Applications for the 2005 scholarships are available in the office of all department heads in the MSU College of Agriculture and also from Emily Rose, administrative assistant in Plant and Soil Sciences at ERose@PSS.MsState.Edu. Alan Blaine, executive vice president of MAIC, oversees the application process.

The applicant must be an undergraduate student majoring in a curriculum focused on plant or animal management, production or protection at MSU. Three applicants per department will be considered. The applications must be approved and submitted by the department head. Applicants must have completed at least one semester at MSU and must be at least a junior.

The applicant must be a resident of Mississippi. The scholarship award will be based on need, scholastic achievement, leadership ability and potential for a career related to agrichemical or plant food use.

Entries must be returned by April 20, 2005, to MAIC, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762. The form is also downloadable from the MAIC Web Site at www.maicms.org under event and program registration.