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[JAN. 19, 2004]  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 field.

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.

The 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 sunglow@insightbb.com. Scholarship information and forms are also available online at http://www.bagiballoon.org/scholarship.php. Deadline for submitting applications is March 31.

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