Farm Bureau announces 116 current and future college students as scholarship recipients

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—April 24, 2023—To support students seeking opportunities in the agricultural industry, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has awarded scholarships to 116 students continuing their educational pursuits following high school.

“Iowa agriculture is a dynamic industry with countless opportunities. IFBF is honored to support students pursuing an education in agriculture or in one that will play a significant role in advancing Iowa’s farms and rural communities,” said IFBF Community Resources Manager Ronnette Vondrak.  “One in five jobs in Iowa is tied to agriculture, and innovation continues to bring about exciting new opportunities and career paths for the next generation.  Iowa agriculture leads the nation in production, research and innovation, and Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to support these students with a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships for the next school year as they pursue their goals and dreams.”

Twenty-seven scholarships were awarded to first-time recipients who are planning to obtain a two- or four-year degree at an accredited higher education institution. This includes community colleges and technical schools. Eligibility is based on Farm Bureau membership, academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation. Additionally, students prepared an essay outlining their commitment to rural Iowa. These students

Argyle, Everlee Harvey, Leonard & Tonya Harvey, Iowa State University

Farmington, Nehemiah Westercamp, Steven & Christine Westercamp, Iowa State University

Sperry, Jack Myers, Chad & Joni Myers, Iowa State University

Scholarships are renewable up to four years for students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and are in good standing with the organization.  IFBF approved 88 scholarships for renewal in 2023.

In addition, Tinley McLain of Milton received the Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $500 scholarship award for a student residing in southeast Iowa. Johnson is a former Iowa Farm Bureau director, farmer, volunteer firefighter and school board president.


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