My oldest grandson is a senior in high school this year and is considering his options for college choices as well as majors. When he told me that he wants to pursue a degree in ag business, I immediately thought of the scholarships that are offered through Farm Bureau.

After I told him about the scholarship program, I decided that it is one of my duties as Crawford County Farm Bureau President to let everyone in my county know about this program, too.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation awards 54 $1,000 scholarships annually to students pursuing the completion of a two-year or four-year college degrees majoring in agriculture, nursing, or education. Crawford County Farm Bureau awards scholarships for those same majors at the county level as well.

The Crawford County scholarship recipients last year were Luke Staley (Ag Business), Brady Fredericks (Agronomy), Hannah Holdsworth (Agronomy), and Cameron Webb (Agriculture Systems and Technologies) from Denison High School, and Jacqueline Lingle (Conservation and Natural Resources) from IKM-Manning High School.

To apply for the scholarship, the student’s parents must be members of Farm Bureau. Remember this is only one of the many benefits, and you do not have to be a farmer to become a Farm Bureau member. To become a member, or to receive other benefit information, contact our Office Administrator Lynn Ross in the Denison Crawford County Farm Bureau office at 712-263-3157.

The scholarship applications are now available on the IFBF website in a working PDF format. The application can be found at www.iowafarmbureau.com under the member benefits section then choose scholarship and grants. If you prefer a hard copy of the application, you can contact Lynn Ross at the Crawford County Farm Bureau office. Also, area guidance counselors have received the information and can be of assistance to interested students. Applications are due to the Crawford County office by March 1, 2019.

By supporting and promoting key areas such as family farms, education, health care programs, renewable energy initiatives and more, Farm Bureau works side-by-side with you to strengthen Iowa’s communities and help ensure a good quality of life for all of us.

Connie Riesselman

Crawford County

Farm Bureau President

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