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Six Students Earn Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships
For more than fifteen years, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation has made a financial commitment to assisting individuals interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. To date, over $30,000 has been provided in scholarships to individuals who are Bureau County Farm Bureau members or their dependents. The Foundation funding is supported by private contributions, including those from Bureau County Farm Bureau members.
Donna McCune, daughter of Harry and Dee McCune, will graduate this year from Bureau Valley High School and plans to attend Iowa State University. Her major area of study will be Agriculture Business.
When asked why she chose this area of concentration she stated, "I want to help people to accomplish their dreams and make money. I believe that my talents are better suited to help others than to have a career in production agriculture. Agriculture is creating more business and office jobs and creating less jobs driving a tractor. I wanted to train for an area of agriculture with the most job opportunities and growth opportunities."
Amanda Corban, daughter of Kenn and Lora Corban has completed her first year at the University of Illinois. Her major area of study is Agricultural Education.
When asked why she chose this area of concentration she stated, "In addition to receiving a teaching certificate in the area of agriculture, I am also working toward receiving a teaching certificate in science to expand my opportunities. I chose this field of study because I believe agriculture is a great part of my life and that the youth of tomorrow need to know about the impact that agriculture has on their lives. In addition, I chose this major because of my love for teaching and helping others!" Corban was also a 2009 Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship recipient.
Jaymes Maciejewski, son of Daniel and Margaret Maciejewski has completed his coursework at Black Hawk East. He plans to transfer to Iowa State or West Texas A&M in the fall. His major area of study will be in Agricultural Business.
When asked why he chose this area of concentration he stated, "I chose this area of study because it is fairly broad and I should be able to work in several different areas of agriculture when I graduate."
Sarah Schlund, daughter of Donald and Barbara Schlund has completed her first year at Eastern Illinois University. Her major area of study is Biological Sciences.
When asked why she chose this area of concentration she stated, "Right now I am pursuing a degree and then going to graduate school to earn a degree in plant breeding. I chose plant breeding because I love crops and I want to help improve the quality and quantity of crops that we produce around the world. The world's population is increasing at an alarming rate. At the same time the amount of farmable land is decreasing which means that we are going to have to produce more yields on less land available. I want to help people while doing what I love, working with plants, at the same time."
Tevis Mott, son of Thomas and Carla Mott, has completed his first year at the University of Wisconsin Platteville where his major area of study is Agriculture Education.
When asked why he chose this area of concentration he stated, "I believe I have chosen agricultural education because of the great opportunities it creates for young men and women. This field of study will never stop growing; there are always new and exciting things to know. I also enjoyed learning about how everything in America is tied to agriculture in some way, and would like to teach young men and women the same things. Agriculture is also more than just farming and to teach students the difference in farming and agriculture is something that would bring our country close together."
Tyler Rumbold, son of Myron and Lori Rumbold has completed his first year at Black Hawk East. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas State University. His major area of study will be in Ag-Business/Sales.
When asked why he chose this area of concentration he stated, "I have chosen this path because it is what I call the blanket ag degree. It covers all sectors of agriculture. I could be employed anywhere there is agriculture and/or business. It is very broad and open ended. I enjoy doing a number of things and this path allows me an opportunity to be employed in them. I selected this because it is very diverse and it suits me well." Rumbold was also a 2009 Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship recipient.
Congratulations go out to these six well deserving students. The scholarship recipients will formally receive their awards at Princeton's Beef and Ag Days on July 16.