High school students graduating in spring of 2022 are encouraged to apply for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) $2,500 scholarship, awarded to 27 eligible Iowa high school seniors and renewable for four years, up to $10,000. 

“Iowa leads the nation in agricultural production, and that is because of the innovation and strong work ethic of emerging young leaders,” says IFBF President Brent Johnson. “Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to award nearly $500,000 in annual scholarships to these students whose agricultural knowledge will strengthen the industry and Iowa’s rural communities.”

Scholarship eligibility is reserved for current Iowa Farm Bureau members or their children in good standing with the organization. (Click here to become a member.) To be considered, the graduating high school student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools. 

To apply, students submit a typed essay demonstrating their leadership, community involvement and how they would use the scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities. 

Each of IFBF’s 100 county Farm Bureaus will send one application from their county to be considered for the state award of which 27 students (three from each of Farm Bureau’s nine districts) will be selected. To qualify for scholarship renewal, the recipient must continue to meet the scholarship requirements. 

Many county Farm Bureaus also offer a locally-sponsored scholarship; availability and amounts vary. Both the state and county awards can be applied for using the same application, found at https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Member-Benefits/Iowa-Farm-Bureau-Scholarships

Applications must be sent via one email to the student’s local county Farm Bureau office by February 10, 2022. Contact the IFBF Community Resources office at 515-225-5460 with questions.