The American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting was a little more than I expected. First off, I need to mention how walking on the Riverwalk it was easy to pick out who was there for the convention. No badge was needed for a person to eyeball someone and say “Oh, you must be here for the Farm Bureau.” Yes, Farm Bureau people stick out. I am not saying that is a bad thing, it is just obvious.
The Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation has announced this year’s scholarship opportunities. Before I mention what they are offering let me forewarn the parents and students that the applications MUST be filled out completely and that you must have all parts of the application included. The last few years we have had a few applications turned in with missing parts. While some of those students were more than qualified to be awarded a scholarship, they lost out to those who filled out their application completely!
This year the CCFB Foundation will be offering three general scholarships in the amount of $1000 each and the Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry scholarship also in the amount of $1000. This year they will be offering three $1000 general scholarships along with the Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry Scholarship in the amount of $1000.
To be eligible for all of the scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria: must be a high school graduate; must be a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member or member’s child; must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school; must exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study; and must be a resident of Illinois. The general scholarships require a student to be majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field. The Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry Scholarship requires a student to be enrolled in Forestry, Wood Science, Wildlife Biology, Botany, General Biology, or other related disciplines as listed on the application. Now don’t be scared off as there are many, many careers out there that are ag-related.
Scholarship applications have been mailed to all Carroll County high school guidance counselors, FFA Advisors, and are available at the Carroll County Farm Bureau office or our website at www.carrollcfb.org.
Completed applications must be returned to the Carroll County Farm Bureau by Monday, March 3, 2014. For questions or more information contact Chas Welch at 244-3001 or by email at email@example.com.
We will also be administering the Josh Heeren Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000. Josh was a 2001 Eastland High School graduate, Highland Community College graduate, and obtained a Master’s degree in Crop Science from the University of Illinois. Josh was very involved in FFA and had a passion for agriculture and farming. This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled at a community college or university who are majoring in an Ag-related course of study. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need. The scholarship application is also available on our website and at our office. The deadline is March 3rd.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by 4 p.m. Thursday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: Small square bales of alfalfa hay. $4/bale. 815-243-0358