HCIA now accepting scholarship applications

The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association is accepting scholarship applications for the 2007-08 school year.

Applicants must be Hawai‘i residents and must graduate in 2007 from a Hawai‘i public, private or home-based high school program. Proof must be provided prior to May 30.

Those applying must plan on being a full- or part-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States. Failure to enroll in an accredited college or university in 2007 will result in disqualification.

Applications will only be accepted when submitted through the online application at www.hciaonline.com.

Eligible essays must be submitted in English, and must discuss how biotechnological innovations benefit and will provide future benefit to Hawai‘i. Essays should be at least 600 words, but no longer than 2,500 words, excluding footnotes. Judges evaluate submissions on clarity, eloquence, originality and thoughtful attention to all aspects of the essay. Citation of sources is important.

All information fields on the application must be completed. The online application cannot be submitted if it is incomplete. All applications must be received by midnight on Dec. 15.

Only the finalists and winners will be contacted directly by the association concerning the status of their application. The name, major and school of the winners and their essays will be posted on the HCIA Web site.

HCIA will seek to cooperate with the authors if the author wishes to submit or publish his or her essay elsewhere as HCIA deems appropriate. HCIA will retain rights to the work.

Only one submission per applicant is allowed. Only contact information may be changed or edited once the application has been submitted.

For more detailed information, visit www.hciaonline.com.

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