Applications open for IAA Foundation scholarships

Agricultural students, along with Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children, are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, IFB’s charitable arm. A total of $118,000 will be awarded for the 2020-21 school year, with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year.

“We are excited to offer student scholarships,” said Jennifer Smith, IAA Foundation development manager. “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, of which winners will each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the IFB 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.

All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academics, leadership and community involvement. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.

A full list of available scholarships and eligibility guidelines are available online. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1.

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

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