IAA Foundation Awards $138,000 in Scholarships to Students Pursuing Agriculture Degrees



May 2, 2022


Jennifer Smith
IAA Foundation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Students can count on support of scholarships for college tuition during the 2022-2023 school year, courtesy of the IAA Foundation.

The charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation is awarding $138,000 to 77 students pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership involvement, professional career goals and overall commitment to success.

“It is a privilege to invest in students who represent a strong and vibrant future and will contribute significantly to agriculture,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation.

Barbara Close, of Reynolds, Mercer County, is the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership Scholarship recipient and receives a $7,500 scholarship for the honor. IAA Foundation Top Scholars Jada Davis, of Homer, Champaign County; Jordyn Gerlach, of Waggoner, Montgomery County; and Paige Lemenager, of Hudson, McLean County, each will receive a $5,000 award. Other scholarships being presented range in value from $1,000 to $3,000. A full listing of recipients can be found at www.iaafoundation.org.

Annually, the Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus combine to award more than $1,000,000 in scholarship support.

“We work to expand our scholarship program each year to support more students as they pursue careers in agriculture,” Smith said. “Through generous farm gifts and contributions from individuals, farm families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, and others who support our industry, we continue to see diversification growth in our program.”

For more information on the IAA Foundation scholarship program, how to establish a scholarship or to donate to a scholarship fund, visit the IAA Foundation’s website at www.iaafoundation.org or call 309-557-2232.