You’re probably most aware of the IAA Foundation in its role as the primary funder of the IL Ag-in-the-Classroom program. In fact, your Illinois corn checkoff, through the IL Corn Marketing Board, funds the IAA Foundation each year for this purpose. This year’s contribution is $90,000. You may be unaware that the IAA Foundation also administers scholarships for college-aged students. This year’s scholarship application process is now open.
Agriculture students are encouraged to apply for 71 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $143,400 for the 2017-2018 school year.
“We are pleased to help students through our growing scholarship program,” said Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation. “It is a great privilege to support the next generation of leaders, and encourage continuing education in agricultural fields.”
Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, where winners will each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner.
In addition to family scholarships often established to honor the memory of a loved one, the IAA Foundation offers scholarships on behalf of organizations such as Prairie Farms Dairy and the Illinois Soybean Association.
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.
A full listing of available scholarships, eligibility guidelines, and application documents are available at the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1, 2017.