IAA Foundation Scholarships Support Agriculture, Farm Bureau Families

Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) members, spouses and children are eligible to apply for 100 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $201,501 for the 2023-24 school year.

“We are pleased to recognize students through our ever growing and changing scholarship program,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation. “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 Distinguished Scholarships, where winners each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau 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 Prairie Farms Dairy. For 2023, the IAA Foundation is honored to administer the newly created Sandhu Minority in Agriculture Scholarship, and the Thomas E. and Mary Morgan Lykins Scholarship.

Additionally, fellowships will once again support students pursuing advanced degrees in fields that directly relate to agriculture.

Scholarships are awarded based on involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service, academic performance, leadership experiences, and response to an essay. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again if the scholarship allows.

A full listing of available scholarships and eligibility guidelines is available on the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org. The application opens January 1 and must be completed online by February 15, 2023.
For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2232, or e-mail Jennifer Smith at [email protected]

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

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