IAA Foundation Announces Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship Recipients




May 5, 2022

Jennifer Smith
IAA Foundation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Five individuals are getting the support they need to enroll in truck driver training classes thanks to the Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship program, funded by Illinois Farm Bureau and administered by the IAA Foundation.

The charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation is awarding $20,000 in scholarships this year to offset the cost of commercial truck driver training and ensure more well-trained, safe drivers are available.

The first round of recipients includes Jaron Black, of LaSalle County, Lance Klinedinst, of McDonough County, Brian Leka, of Sangamon County, Walker Menzel, of Bureau County, and Sarah Over, of LaSalle County.

“It is a pleasure to invest in individuals who keep agriculture products moving and who represent the strength and diversity of our industry,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation.

Scholarship applications are available year-round with consideration deadlines occurring quarterly. The next application deadline is June 30, which correlates to drivers who intend to enroll in a commercial driver training program at an Illinois community college between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded every three months and are based on the Illinois Farm Bureau region where the applicant resides.

All applicants must be Illinois residents and provide proof of enrollment during their corresponding award cycle. An endorsement from a farmer, County Farm Bureau leader, agribusiness, or food process business is required.

Eligibility guidelines and applications are available through the IAA Foundation website at www.iaafoundation.org.

For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2232, or email Jennifer Smith at jsmith@ilfb.org  

The mission of the IAA Foundation is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture.