Balloon club sponsors ag scholarships
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CHAMPAIGN -- The
Balloon Association of Greater Illinois, in recognition of the
generosity of the farming community in allowing hot-air balloons to
launch from or land on their property, is pleased to sponsor four
$500 scholarships to students majoring in agriculture or an ag-related
The scholarships will be
awarded on the basis of exceptional ability or financial need.
Applicants must be a Farm Bureau member, spouse of member or
memberís child and live on a farm in one of the following counties:
Adams, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon,
Marion, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt,
Sangamon, Tazewell and Vermilion. In addition, applicants must be a
U.S. citizen, a high school graduate, and be enrolled in or accepted
by an accredited community college, college or university.
Additional eligibility guidelines are outlined in the cover letter
with the application form.
Balloon Association of Greater
Illinois is a nonprofit organization incorporated in June 1990
to promote the sport of hot-air ballooning by bringing together
pilots and potential crew. The association currently has
approximately 85 members representing 30 hot-air balloons.
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The club is involved in several
community outreach programs, including education programs at schools
and civic organizations and the scholarship program.
Scholarship applications are available from Vermilion County Farm
Bureau, Attn: Kerry Wienke, 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville, IL
61832; phone (217) 442-8713. Locally, applications are available
from scholarship coordinator Nancy Ireland, 23 Tulip Drive, Lincoln,
IL 62656; phone (217) 732-2339; e-mail
Scholarship information and forms are also available online at
http://www.bagiballoon.org/scholarship.php. Deadline for
submitting applications is March 31.