Farm Bureau awards $180,000 to current and future college students
With one in five Iowa jobs tied to agriculture, there are many agriculture-based careers 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.
“Farm Bureau believes that by investing in our youth, we are investing in the future of Iowa. These scholarships help students pursue their dreams and so many of those career aspirations include agriculture or support jobs in rural communities here in Iowa. We’re honored to help these future leaders get a start in their academic pursuits and help them with their educational and career goals,” said IFBF Community Resources Director Barb Lykins.
In addition, Laura Mincks of Columbus Junction 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.
Teri Jo Lane of Eddyville 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.
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.
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
Adair, Hannah Jorgensen, Paul and Jeannette Jorgensen, Northwest Missouri State University
Adel, Kate Collins, Rod and Ann Collins, Iowa State University
Albia, Sydney DeBruin, Stuart and Denise DeBruin, University of Northern Iowa
Albion, Mollie Patten, Nick and Kathi Patten, Des Moines Area Community College
Alton, Hailey Korver, Bruce and Sarah Korver, Augustana University – SD
Aurora, Cynthia Hamlett, Mark and Jennifer Hamlett, Iowa State University
Baxter, Emily Zahurones, Dale and Elizabeth Zahurones, Des Moines Area Community College
Bedford, Elissa O’Dell, Bob and Laura O’Dell, Northwestern College
Blockton, Mitchell Jennett, Steven and Chantelle Jennett, Iowa State University
Boone, Madeleine Bretey, Eric and Melanie Bretey, Iowa State University
Breda, Christopher Gehling, Pat and Sue Gehling, Iowa State University
Charlotte, Kaile Hoffmann, Kevin Hoffmann, St. Ambrose University
Clarion, Alexandra Keller, David and Dawn Keller, Iowa State University
Corydon, Katie Gassman, Rob and Carrie Gassman, Simpson College
Creston, Macy Evans, Christopher and April Evans, Iowa State University
Decorah, Elizabeth Smith, Eric and Dainna Smith, Iowa State University
Delta, Jacob Bombei, Matthew and Heather Bombei, Iowa State University
DeWitt, Brooke Chapman, Mindy and Larry Chapman, Clarke University
Donnellson, Jack Pieper, Michael and Janet Pieper, Iowa State University
Doon, Stephanie De Kam, Clifford and Sara De Kam, Dordt College
Exira, Sadie Schultes, George Schultes and Connie Jessen, Iowa State University
Galt, Lillian Swanson, Stuart and Lori Swanson, Iowa State University
Garner, Andrew Dornbier, Phillip and Michelle Dornbier, Iowa State University
Hamlin, Emily Campbell, Paul & Deb Campbell, Iowa State University
Holland, Abby Hockemeyer, Brad and Kathryn Hockemeyer, Iowa State University
Holstein, Evan Else, Jill and Stuart Else, Iowa State University
Keota, Erin Chalupa, Nate and Anne Chalupa, Iowa State University
Kiron, Jessica Gunderson, Timothy and Mary Gunderson, South Dakota State University
Knoxville, Sawyer Phillips, Kyle and Susan Phillips, Iowa State University
Lone Tree, Devyn Alt, Bill and Sheila Alt, Valparaiso University
Lorimor, Matilyn Wheeler, Jenny and Troy Wheeler, Iowa State University
Maloy, Megan Warin, Joe and Donna Warin, Iowa State University
Manchester, Alex Bishop, Doug and Denise Bishop, Iowa State University
Milo, Mason Ohnemus, Duane and Mary Jo Ohnemus, Iowa State University
Montezuma, Tyler Meyer, Jason and Jodi Meyer, Iowa State University
Moulton, Kendall Davis, Brian and Amanda Davis, Iowa State University
Muscatine, Carly Bates, Corey and Dena Bates, Iowa State University
Northwood, Matthew Parcher, Kenneth and Rebecca Parcher, Iowa State University
Preston, Marta Grant, Gene Grant, Iowa State University
Rock Rapids, Rebecca Harberts, Ordel and Melissa Harberts, South Dakota State University
Ryan, Kaitlyn Steffen, Mark and Sandy Steffen, University of Northern Iowa
Sherrill, Carrie Klein, Randy and Julie Klein, Northeast Iowa Community College
Sibley, Jill Berkland, Daniel and Loretta Berkland, Iowa State University
Spirit Lake, Josie Byers, Mark and Karen Byers, South Dakota State University
St. Ansgar, Emmi Taets, Loren Taets and Carrie Evans, Iowa State University
Stanton, Jody Vanderholm, Paul Vanderholm and Becky Kia, University of Iowa
State Center, Shannon Breja, Jeff and Lisa Breja, Iowa State University
Swea City, Adam Brandt, Lennon and Mary Brandt, Iowa State University
Traer, Jake Hlas, Doug and Marla Hlas, Iowa State University
Wall Lake, Maggie Steinkamp, Doug and Julie Steinkamp, South Dakota State University
Waucoma, Lindsey Bouska, Daryl and Laure Bouska, Iowa State University
West Liberty, Gracie Danner, Billie Danner, Kansas State University
Whittemore, Ryan Kenyon, Ron and Colleen Kenyon, Northeast Iowa Community College
Winfield, Bryce Robison, Chris and Sharon Robison, Iowa State University