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Agricultural scholarships available

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 9:27 a.m. CST

BLOOMINGTON — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundations. Seventy-four scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded, a total of $177,800 for the 2014-15 school year.

Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, who will each receive $7,500 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner. New this year is a $1,000 scholarship for a student of Western Illinois University.

Students studying crop science and pursuing a master's degree related to research are eligible for the Illinois Soybean Association Crop Science Scholarships. Ten $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to junior level majors. Recipients are then eligible for an additional $4,000 in this renewable program, providing a total of $8,000 for his or her junior and senior year of college.

Twenty-five, $1,200 scholarships are available to students from specific Southern Illinois counties as part of the Dorothy and Wilhelmine Ratermann Memorial Scholarships.  

Twelve Prairie Farms Dairy scholarships, each worth $2,000, are available to patrons and employees of the company. New this year, an additional two, $1,000 scholarships are available to producers affiliated with the St. Louis District Dairy Council.

An additional 10 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, are available to students who meet certain criteria, including areas of study, place of residence, previous 4-H experience and college or university attended.

All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.

For a full listing, visit www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1. For more information, contact the local county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230 or e-mail smoore@ilfb.org.

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