IAA Foundation awards more than $138,000 in scholarships to Illinois, Midwestern students

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[May 14, 2014]  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois and other Midwestern students will have help paying for college tuition during the 2014-2015 school year, courtesy of scholarships awarded by the IAA Foundation.

This year, the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, awarded more than $138,000 to 62 students pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields, based on their academic ability, leadership involvement, professional career goals and financial need.

“This year was an exciting year for us because we were able to award more scholarship dollars than ever before,” said Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation. “We’re confident this year’s recipients are the future of agriculture here in Illinois and we’re pleased to help support them in their educational pursuits.”

IAA Foundation Top Scholars Hannah Donoho of Mahomet, Abby Marten of Effingham, and Krista Temple of Fulton each will receive a $7,500 award. Bradley Braddock of Patoka was named the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship recipient and also will receive a $7,500 scholarship. Other scholarships presented range in value from $1,000 to $6,000. A full listing of recipients can be found at www.iaafoundation.org

Annually, the Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus award over $500,000 in scholarship support. The IAA Foundation has awarded more than 800 scholarships since 1989.

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“We seek to expand our scholarship program each year in order to support more students as they pursue careers in agriculture,” Moore said. “Through the help of generous gifts from farm families, commodity groups, agribusiness, Illinois Farm Bureau members, and others who support our industry, we’ve been able to do just that.”

For more information on the IAA Foundation scholarship program, local county Farm Bureau scholarships, or to donate to the general scholarship fund, visit the IAA Foundation’s website at www.iaafoundation.org  or call 309-557-2230.

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available Dec. 1. Specific details and eligibility requirements may be found at the IAA Foundation’s website.

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