IAA Foundation offers scholarships to support agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau families


BLOOMINGTON - Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members, spouses and children are eligible to apply for 84 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $164,500 for the 2022-23 school year.

“We are pleased to recognize students through our growing scholarship program,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation. “It is a privilege to support the next generation of leaders and encourage degrees in agriculture related fields.”

Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, where winners will each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner. In addition to family scholarships often established to honor the memory of a loved one, the IAA Foundation offers scholarships on behalf of organizations such as Prairie Farms Dairy.

For 2022, the IAA Foundation is honored to administer the newly created Alvin Eigenrauch Memorial Scholarship, Six Generations Illinois Farming Scholarship and Steve Willits Memorial Scholarship. Additionally, three new Fellowships have been added to support students pursuing advanced degrees.

All applicants must be current high school seniors or students already enrolled at an accredited college or university. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, leadership experiences, involvement in activities and community service. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again if the scholarship allows.

A full listing of available scholarships and eligibility guidelines is available on the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org. The application opened on Jan. 1 and must be completed online by Feb. 15.

For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at (309) 557-2232, or e-mail Jennifer Smith at [email protected]

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