From the Field: County Farm Bureaus Provide Big Time Incentives for Advanced Education

From the Field is a bi-monthly column written by Mark Campbell, Farm Bureau Field Services Director for the Central District. He writes about Farm Bureau member benefits and County Farm Bureau activities.

In my last post, I discussed the major financial support of youth livestock shows and exhibitors by county Farm Bureaus.  Since graduation time has just now wrapped up around most of the country, I wanted to enlighten you on another major area of youth support.  This area is scholarships, and they are offered in many styles and amounts. 
The most common type is for high school students entering college and pursuing a degree in agriculture.  The agriculture field being very broad these days allows numerous students to be eligible.  Some counties don’t restrict eligibility to agriculture only.  One county Farm Bureau that I know of even budgets a certain amount of scholarship money for advanced educational courses that farmers want to take. 
The typical scholarship amount is $1,000, and counties may offer one or more.  Some counties extend the scholarship every year for the full four years of a college degree as long as certain criteria are met.
The county Farm Bureaus advertise their scholarships through the county Farm Bureau newsletter, website, newspaper, high school guidance department, ag teacher/FFA advisor, and any other way they can think of to get the word out.  Once the scholarships are awarded, many counties have a representative make a presentation of the scholarship at the awards ceremony that most high schools have.  This gets some recognition for the county Farm Bureau.
Now here is the amazing part.  Total scholarship money offered by county Farm Bureaus state wide is an astounding $157,400.  So if you have any family members that will be entering college next year, it is definitely worth checking with the county Farm Bureau office for available scholarships.
The county Farm Bureaus are very dedicated to supporting the next generation of agriculturalists and dedicate some serious funding to back up their commitment.  This is another reason to join Farm Bureau or renew your membership.
The county Farm Bureaus do a ton of good things in the local communities.  Your membership dues pay dividends back into your own county.  With more members, think of how much more could be done.  So ask your friends and family to join if they are not members. 
Until next time,

Mark

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