Farm Bureau awards $180,000 to current and future college students
With one in five Iowa jobs tied to agriculture, there are many agricultural-based career opportunities for Iowa students to pursue. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has awarded $1,000 scholarships for tuition to 180 students who plan to study agriculture at their chosen colleges and universities. Iowa’s next generation of leaders in agriculture will study a variety of areas ranging from animal science and genetics to agriculture business and agriculture education.
In addition, Laura Mincks of Louisa County was named the recipient of the Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $500 award for a student from one of eleven counties in southeast Iowa: Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Muscatine, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren and Lee. The scholarship is awarded in honor of the late Daniel Johnson, a former Iowa Farm Bureau director, farmer, volunteer firefighter and school board president.Ellenore Boas of Wapello County was named the recipient of the Edward W. and Isabelle M. Klodt Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $500 award for a Wapello County student pursuing a degree in agriculture. The Klodts were community leaders, progressive farmers, and conservationists focused on the future and improving their farm and community. The memorial scholarship embodies the values that Ed and Isabelle represented: leadership, hard work, dedication to others, and a belief in higher education.
“These scholarships help students pursue their dreams and so many of those career aspirations include agriculture or support jobs in rural communities. We’re honored to assist these future leaders get a start in their academic pursuits and help them with their educational goals,” said IFBF Community Resources Director Barb Lykins.
First-time Farm Bureau scholarship recipients include 54 graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in their chosen college or university. Students are eligible to renew the scholarships for up to four years by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and by being a student in good standing with the college or university.
Six recipients were selected from each of the nine IFBF districts. Scholarships were awarded to children of Farm Bureau members who plan to or currently attend an accredited college, university or community college to earn two or four-year degrees.
First-time applicants were asked to write an essay indicating the contributions they expect to make to agriculture and the rural community. They also were selected based on their academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation.
Editor’s Note: First-time scholarship winners (listed alphabetically by hometown), parent names and future or current college are listed below.
IOWA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION FIRST-TIME SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Ackley, Justin Bartling, Steve and Michelle Bartling, Kirkwood Community College
Bloomfield, Clarabell Knapp, Bruce and Jeri Knapp, Iowa State University
Bloomfield, Kalleigh Tharp, Jeffrey and Denise Tharp, Northwest Missouri State University
Bryant, Brad Holdgrafer, Gary and Lisa Holdgrafer, Iowa State University
Casey, Zoey Dinkla, Dallas and Romonia Dinkla, Iowa State University
Cedar Rapids, Kelsey Wenger, Wade and Jennifer Wenger, Coe College
Charles City, Hanna Bjelica, Tom and Roxann Bjelica, Iowa State University
Clarksville, James Schellhorn, Daryl and Debby Schellhorn, Iowa State University
Creston, Sydney Dunphy, Tim and Allison Dunphy, Iowa State University
Decorah, Garret Hemesath, Keith and Linda Hemesath, Iowa State University
Denver, Jennifer Wiley, Nick and Lori Wiley, Wartburg College
Douds, Jacinta Wenke, Theodore and Michelle Wenke, Iowa State University
Durango, Theresa Brehm, Steve and Sharon Brehm, Iowa State University
Eldora, Emily Mitchell, David and Jennifer Mitchell, University of Northern Iowa
Elma, Lydia Beran, Kyle and Deb Beran, Iowa State University
Fort Atkinson, Ashley Kurash, Allan and Teresa Kurash, Viterbo University
Grafton, Caylee Bartz, Curtis and Caren Bartz, University of Northern Iowa
Hartley, Jennifer Vander Lee, Gary and Jayne Vander Lee, Iowa State University
Inwood, Rebecca Van Regenmorter, Chad and Jody Van Regenmorter, South Dakota State University
Kellogg, Caleb Jansen, David and Lisa Jansen, Iowa State University
Keota, McKenna Brinning, Shane and Kathleen Brinning, Iowa State University
Knoxville, Jenna Kauzlarich, Rick and Sue Kauzlarich, Northwest Missouri State University
Knoxville, Travis Poffenbarger, Bryan and Melissa Poffenbarger, Iowa State University
La Porte City, Mitchell Hanson, Bob and Maureen Hanson, Iowa State University
Lamoni, Austin Tull, Travis and Chrissy Tull, Iowa State University
Larchwood, Grace Rens, Jerry and Lori Rens, Iowa State University
Le Mars, Caitlyn Niehus, Curt and Rochelle Niehus, University of Northern Iowa
Lewis, Natalia Kunze, Brad and Christine Kunze, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Madrid, Mary Heiller, Tim and Vicki Heiller, Iowa State University
Madrid, Sarah Heiller, Tim and Vicki Heiller, Iowa State University
Marshalltown, Garrett Nichols, Brad and Marci Nichols, Iowa State University
Middle Amana, Megan Lukas, Allen and Amy Lukas, Iowa State University
Milo, Bryant Seuferer, Rande and Linda Seuferer, Central College
Mondamin, Trenton Houston, Amy Houston-Stolz, the late Eric Houston, and Ryan Stolz, Iowa State University
Monticello, Zach Timm, John and Joanne Timm, Iowa State University
Moorland, Leslie Loehr, Jeffrey and Lorie Loehr, Iowa State University
Mount Ayr, Reilly Martinez, Tracy Kelley and Rene Martinez, Northwest Missouri State University
Muscatine, Rachel Schoer, Brian and Traci Schoer, Iowa State University
Osceola, Jenna Sandquist, Steve and Stephanie Sandquist, Iowa State University
Portsmouth, Logan Peters, Ernest and Lori Peters, Iowa State University
Riverside, Macy Marek, Tim and Heather Marek, Iowa State University
Rockwell City, Haley Birks, Dave and Jill Birks, Northwestern College
Royal, Tari Knock, Brent and Jessica Knock, University of South Dakota
Russell, Madison Briggs, Kevin and Karri Briggs, Graceland University
Sac City, Nicole Langbein, Gary and Melissa Langbein, Morningside College
Schaller, Sage Bennett, Kyle and Robin Bennett, Northwest Missouri State University
Stacyville, Nicole Hemann, John and Sherry Hemann, Hawkeye Community College
Stanton, Marcel Confer, Ken and Wendy Confer, Northwest Missouri State University
Storm Lake, Anna Ehlers, Brent and Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University
Templeton, Alex Irlbeck, Glen and Anne Irlbeck, Iowa State University
Tingley, Shaley Miller, Jeremy and Barb Weeda, Southwestern Community College
Titonka, Levi Eden, Daryl and Joanne Eden, Iowa State University
What Cheer, Trevor Clemens, Lisa Icenbice, Washington State University
Winthrop, Holly Cook, Aaron and Patricia Cook, Iowa State University
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