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.


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