PRINCETON — Seven Bureau County students will receive financial assistance from the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation to help cover costs associated with continuing their education. The Foundation Board of Directors has named Mark Bejster of Spring Valley, Laura Brummel of Sheffield, Anthony Lovgren of LaMoille, Kalie Rumbold of Wyanet, Taylor Smith of Princeton and Nicole Yaklich of Princeton as the 2014 recipients of the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship. Sarah Schlund of Princeton was named the winner of the 2014 Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Graduate Scholarship.
For the past 19 years, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation has made a financial commitment to assisting individuals interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. To date, more than $57,500 has been provided in scholarships to individuals who are Bureau County Farm Bureau members or their dependents. The foundation funding is supported by private contributions, including those from Bureau County Farm Bureau members.
Mark Bejster, the son of David and Karen Bejster, will graduate from Illinois Valley Community College in July. This fall he plans to attend Western Illinois University focusing on agricultural business, minoring in agronomy.
Laura Brummel, the daughter of Ken and Kay Brummel, has completed her third year at the University of Iowa. Her major area of study is plant biology.
Anthony Lovgren, the son of Brad and Amanda Fischer, recently graduated from LaMoille High School. This fall he will attend Illinois Valley Community College focusing on his associates in science degree. He then plans to transfer to a four-year college to major in agronomy.
Kalie Rumbold, the daughter of Myron and Lori Rumbold, recently graduated from Bureau Valley High School. This fall she will attend Black Hawk East College working toward her ag transfer degree. She then plans to transfer to a four-year college to major in ag business.
Taylor Smith, the daughter of Scott and Cindy Smith, has completed her freshman year at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her major area of study is plant sciences.
Nicole Yaklich, the daughter of Gary and Julia Yaklich, has completed her freshman year at the University of Illinois. Her major area of study is human development and family studies in the College of ACES with a minor in leadership studies.
Sarah Schlund, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Schlund, graduated from Eastern Illinois University and now attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her major area of study is plant pathology. She was also a 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship recipient.
All of these students were extremely active in extracurricular activities with strong backgrounds in FFA, 4-H as well as church and other school programs.