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[March 07, 2008]  CHAMPAIGN -- The Balloon Association of Greater Illinois, in recognition of the generosity of the farming community in allowing hot-air balloons to launch or land on their property, will sponsor four $500 scholarships to students majoring in agriculture or ag-related field.

Scholarships will be awarded on basis of exceptional ability or financial need. Applicants must be a Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member or a member's 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 a credited 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 1990, to promote the sport of hot-air ballooning by bringing together pilots and potential crew. The association currently has approximately 95 members representing 30 hot-air balloons.

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The club is involved in several community outreach programs, such as education programs at schools and civic organizations and the scholarship program.

Applications are available at the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Attn: Kerry Wienke, 1905-C, U.S. Route 150, Danville, IL, 61834; phone 217-442-8713. Applications are also available from Larry Owen, Owen Financial Services, 3817 N. Vermilion St., Suite D, Danville, IL 61832. You may also contact your local Farm Bureau office. Or you can print out an application from

Deadline for submitting applications is April 16.

[Text from file received from Larry Owen]

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