World Food Prize Award to Be Matched by Monsanto and Fraley to Establish Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science Scholarship at University of IllinoisSOURCE:Monsanto
DES MOINES, Iowa, October 15, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- World Food Prize 2013 laureate Dr. Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, today announced that both he and Monsanto will match his share of the World Food Prize award to establish the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science scholarship.
The scholarship will fund female students at the University of Illinois who are studying plant breeding and biotechnology. The matches will bring the total initial endowment to the University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to $250,000.
Fraley, an alumnus of the University of Illinois, made the announcement as part of the 2013 World Food Prize. The World Food Prize awarded Fraley and fellow 2013 laureates Dr. Marc Van Montagu and Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton for their world-changing achievements in founding, developing and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.
“The advances being made in breeding, biotechnology and agronomics to improve crop yields are truly amazing – but, our work isn’t done,” Fraley said. “Through the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars fund, we’re making an investment in the future to unlock the potential in the next generation of female scientists who will continue to drive innovation in safe and sustainable food production. Women are underrepresented in this scientific community today, yet they also make up the majority of smallholder farmers around the world and stand to gain the most from current and future innovations in plant science.”
Dr. Norman Borlaug is recognized as the father of the Green Revolution and is credited with saving more than 1 billion lives as a result of improved wheat production. He created the World Food Prize in 1986 to honor those who have made significant and measurable contributions to improving the world's food supply.
“My grandfather strongly believed in filling agriculture’s intellectual pipeline with young people,” said Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of External Affairs at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. “I know he would be very proud of Dr. Fraley and Monsanto’s announcement today, and honored to have this scholarship fund created in his name.”