Graduates of any high school within Douglas County will receive preference along with graduates in several other locations for a new North Dakota State University scholarship aimed at full-time students studying agriculture.

The scholarship was established by alumnus Marvin Boerboom, a plant geneticist who developed corn inbreds and hybrids while managing the Corn Research Station in Olivia, Minn., for Bayer, which became Monsanto. Boerbloom lives in Alexandria.

The Dr. Marvin Boerboom Agriculture Scholarship will be awarded to full-time sophomores, juniors, or seniors pursuing a major within the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources at NDSU. A preference will go to students majoring in crop and weed sciences who graduated from a high school in Lyon, Renville, or Douglas counties in Minnesota or from Cass County in North Dakota. If no student is identified from those counties, a preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in Minnesota.

Boerboom said he received a scholarship while at NDSU and wanted to return the favor.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the field, NDSU’s College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources recently named Boerboom the 2020-2021 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. To honor his impact in corn breeding, Bayer Crop Science made a matching contribution to his scholarship fund to support the next generation of talent in agriculture.

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Students can learn more about the Dr. Marvin Boerboom Agriculture Scholarship by contacting One Stop, NDSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 1.