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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Caleb Slovensky of New Florence, Missouri, has been awarded the Bob Robeson Memorial Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (UMCAFNR) for the 2017-2018 academic year.
“Scholarships enable us to recruit and retain outstanding students to our college,” said Bryan Garton, associate dean of academic programs. Jacob is an intern at the Bradford Research Center, assisting with research on precision agriculture and other farming technologies. Jacob, a sophomore majoring in agricultural systems management, is the son of John Slovensky and Sherri Slovensky.
The Bob Robeson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by Iron Solutions, Inc., Canada West Equipment Dealers Association, and SouthWestern Association and is awarded yearly to a student majoring in agricultural systems management at UMCAFNR. With the merger of dealer associations, the scholarship is now funded by Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) and Iron Solutions, Inc.
The scholarship honors the career of Bob Robeson, a farm dealer operations expert and executive, whose knowledge of technology and precision agriculture helped equipment dealers build successful operations. Robeson started his career in 1967 with the Western Association, later the SouthWestern Association, as an accountant working with equipment dealers in Kansas and Missouri. In the late 1990s, Robeson was a founding director of Iron Solutions, LLC and was instrumental in the growth and re-launch of Iron Solutions, Inc.
The Bob Robeson Memorial Scholarship is an annual $2,500 scholarship awarded each Spring to a student enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources majoring in Agricultural Systems Management with preference given to students that show an interest in technology and precision agriculture.
“As the cost of earning a college degree continues to increase, more students are in need of financial assistance,” Garton said. “The goal of our college over the next five years is to increase the total annual amount of scholarships awarded from approximately $1.3 to $1.5 million.”
Information on scholarships and the college is available from Garton at 573-882-0089 or from high school counselors.
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