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American Royal to Offer College Scholarships

The American Royal will be accepting applications for the “Royal Six," a collegiate scholarship program that offers a $3,500 scholarship and an opportunity for college students to advocate agriculture, leadership and the American Royal.

“The American Royal has awarded over $280,000 in scholarships to collegiate students since 1989," said George Guastello, President and CEO of the American Royal. “Thanks to the support of John Kornitzer and Buffalo Funds we are able to once again offer the Royal Six scholarship program fulfilling our mission and vision of promoting American agricultural education and values."

College students interested in applying for the Royal Six scholarship program should meet the following criteria:

• Attend a four-year accredited college or university in the 11 state area of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Dakota or Tennessee

• Pursue a four-year degree

• Be an incoming Sophomore or Junior for the 2004 fall term

Applications are due May 31, 2004, and special consideration will be given to students majoring in a field of study related to agriculture. In addition to a $3,500 scholarship, Royal Six scholarship winners will also be given the opportunity to travel to Kansas City in October to visit with corporate audiences and speak about their experiences in agriculture and promote the agricultural industry.

Students that are both interested and qualified for this program should contact the American Royal to receive an application. Applications are also available on the American Royal web site, Students may contact Nancy Perry at 816-221-9800 ext 135 for additional information.

The 2003 Royal Six were: Megan Ackerman, West Burlington, N.Y., Kansas State University; Jared VerDught, Higginsville, Mo., University of Missouri-Columbia; Michelle Pavelka, Bladen, Neb., University of Nebraska; Kristen Durham, Hardin, Mo., University of Missouri-Columbia; Zachary Duffy, Janesville, Wis., William Woods University; and Christina Higgins, Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State University.

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