IAA Foundation awards $106,900 in scholarships to students


BLOOMINGTON — Illinois and other Midwestern students will have help paying for college tuition during the 2019-2020 school year, courtesy of scholarships awarded today by the IAA Foundation.

The IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, awarded $106,900 to 69 students pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields, based on their academic ability, leadership involvement, professional career goals and overall commitment to success. 

“It is a privilege to invest in these bright young minds who represent a strong future for agriculture,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation.

Chase Clausen of Genoa, was named the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship recipient and received a $7,500 scholarship. IAA Foundation Top Scholars Isaac Brockman of Verona, Tyler Jenkins of Streator and Nicholas Close of Reynolds each received a $5,000 award. 

Other scholarships presented range in value from $1,000 to $3,500. A full listing of recipients can be found at www.iaafoundation.org. 

Annually, the Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus award more than $875,000 in scholarship support.

“We work to expand our scholarship program each year to support more students as they pursue careers in agriculture,” Smith said. “Through generous farm gifts and contributions from farm families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, and others who support our industry, we’ve been able to do just that.”

For more information on the IAA Foundation scholarship program, how to establish a scholarship, or to donate to the general scholarship fund, visit the IAA Foundation’s website at www.iaafoundation.org or call 309-557-2232.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year scholarships, as well as specific details and eligibility requirements, will be available on the IAA Foundation’s website beginning Dec. 1.