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Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships offered

The Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering scholarships to area students majoring in agriculture. During the last 18 years the foundation has awarded $47,750 to 49 college students. Last year alone the foundation distributed $7,000 to area students.

Again this year is a graduate student scholarship, which will benefit Bureau County students to further their education in agriculture. Application requirements are the same as the general scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship program, the foundation also helps local teachers with agricultural classroom programs as well as help to fund a Summer Ag Institute for teachers. The Summer Ag Institute teaches teachers about agriculture and how they can incorporate agriculture into their lesson plans for their classroom.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be a Bureau County Farm Bureau member or a dependent of a Bureau County Farm Bureau member and must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field.

Applications are available by contacting the guidance counselors at school systems in Bureau County, the ag advisor at the school, advisors at state colleges and universities or by contacting the Bureau County Farm Bureau office. Applications are also available by email if you contact the Farm Bureau office. Applications need to be postmarked by Feb. 28. If the application will be hand delivered to the office, it must be in the office by 4 p.m. Feb. 28. For more information or to receive an application, call 815-875-6468.

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