Pioneer Hi-Bred Awards Scholarships to ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Students "¨

Pictured from left: Curt Clausen, Pioneer director of North America Operations and Pioneer Black Employee Network (PBEN) sponsor; Keith King; Ke'Toya Mighty, PBEN chair, and Kasei James.
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State University students Kasei James and Keith King were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, on Oct. 30. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students were selected after writing a five-page essay on "The Role of African Americans in Agriculture." The scholarship competition is sponsored by the Pioneer Black Employee Network. James is a senior in public service and administration in agriculture. She is from Chicago and is currently the president of both the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). She also is the freshman action team coordinator for the Black Student Alliance. King is a graduate student in agronomy with a focus on plant breeding and genetics. He is from Ada, Okla. and has been involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including MANRRS and the Agronomy Graduate Club. He also is the current advisor of Kappa Gamma. Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.