2009 Iowa Farm Bureau scholarship winners see a bright future in agriculture
West Point, Iowa student is named the first winner of the Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship
The recent economic downturn hasn't dampened the spirits of Iowa's high school seniors and college students who are pursuing promising careers in agriculture. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation shares their optimism and has awarded $1,000 scholarships for tuition to 187 students who plan to study agriculture at their chosen colleges and universities. The recipients are pursuing majors in a variety of ag-related disciplines, including agriculture business, engineering, education, technology and animal science.
In addition, Nichole Walljasper was named the first recipient of the newly-created Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $500 award for a student from one of eleven counties in southeast Iowa--Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Muscatine, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren and Lee. Walljasper will study animal science at Iowa State University. The scholarship is being awarded in honor of Daniel Johnson, a former Iowa Farm Bureau director, farmer, volunteer firefighter and school board president.
"Iowa's high school and college students remain upbeat about the future of agriculture, but right now they are especially in need of the resources that can help them reach their goals," said IFBF Community Resources Director Barb Lykins. "This year we received a high number of applications from college freshman and sophomores who were applying for the scholarship for the first time. Farm Bureau is enthusiastic about helping these students succeed."
First-time Farm Bureau scholarship recipients include 54 graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in their chosen college or university. Forty of those recipients will attend, or are currently attending, ISU. Students are eligible to renew the scholarships for up to four years by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and by being a student in good standing with the college or university. One hundred thirty-three college students were granted renewals.
Six recipients were selected from each of the nine IFBF districts. Scholarships were awarded to Farm Bureau members' sons or daughters planning to or currently attending an accredited college, university or community college to earn two- or four-year degrees.
First-time applicants were asked to write an essay indicating the contributions they expect to make to agriculture or agribusiness. They also were selected based on their academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation.
First-time scholarship winners (listed alphabetically by hometown), parent names and future or current college are listed below.
Albert City, Christopher Sievers, Todd and Laura Sievers, Iowa State University
Albert City, Daniel Christensen, Kirk and Karla Christensen, Iowa State University
Alden, Joseph Sweeney, David and Annette Sweeney, Iowa State University
Aplington, Rebecca Abbas, Rick and Melanie Abbas, Iowa State University
Audubon, Matthew Hansen, Rick and Paulette Hansen, Iowa State University
Audubon, Shelby Trager, Eric and Penny Trager, Iowa State University
Boone, Jacob Venner, Thomas and Julie Venner, Iowa State University
Brighton, Michael Adrian, Robert and Nancy Adrian, University of Northern Iowa
Bryant, Michael Lorenzen, John and Anna Lorenzen, Iowa State University
Bryant, Reece Rickertsen, Jerry and Gwenn Rickertsen, Luther College
Castalia, Alexis Spain, Vince and Stephanie Spain, Wartburg College
Charles City, Nicholas Sande, Dennis and Diane Sande, Iowa State University
Clarksville, Marc Benning, Kevin and Julie Benning, Iowa State University
Cleghorn, Kyle Wester, Eric and Sara Wester, Iowa State University
Columbus Junction, Elyssa McFarland, Tom and Chris McFarland, Iowa State University
Dayton, Kiley Swanson, Charles and Judith Swanson, Iowa State University
Diagonal, Ryan England, Mitchell and Melinda England, Southwestern Community College
Elliott, Jared Dolch, Vincent and Rebecca Dolch, Iowa State University
Fontanelle, Erika Lundy, Gary and Cindy Lundy, Iowa State University
Hampton, Justin Van Wert, Jay and Brenda Van Wert, Iowa State University
Hinton, David Becker, Doug and Peg Becker, South Dakota State University
Hopkinton, Ben McDonald, Tom and Nancy McDonald, Iowa State University
Indianola, Allison Henry, Keith and Marie Henry, Des Moines Area Community College
Keota, Shelby Sieren, Scott and Renee Sieren, Wartburg College
Knoxville, Ross Williams, Lane and Teresa Williams, Iowa State University
Lamont, Sara Morine, Eric and Laura Morine, Iowa State University
Larchwood, Tyler Moser, Brad and Gloria Moser, South Dakota State University
LeMars, Ryan Schroeder, Tony and Shirley Schroeder, Dordt College
Little Cedar, Tara Adams, James Adams, Iowa State University
Mapleton, Jeffrey Bruning, David and Sharyl Bruning, Briar Cliff University
Marengo, Amanda Folkmann, Dale and Sandra Folkmann, Iowa State University
Menlo, Katie Lents, Ralph and Joan Lents, Creighton University
Minden, Kyle Fischer, Ben and Dee Fischer, Iowa State University
Mitchellville, Benjamin Booth, Dennis and Candace Booth, Iowa State University
Montour, Laura Bro, Mark and Melody Bro, Iowa State University
Moulton, Kelsi Guinn, Eddie and Melanie Guinn, Indian Hills Community College
Moulton, Zebulon Guinn, Eddie and Melanie Guinn, Indian Hills Community College
Muscatine, Kally Boyer, Richard and Monika Boyer, Iowa State University
Newhall, Tyler Krug, Jim and Gina Krug, Iowa State University
Osage, Elizabeth Klaes, Curtis and Mary Klaes, Iowa State University
Osceola, Amanda Blair, Kenny and Cathy Blair, Iowa State University
Persia, Billi Oloff, William and Yvette Oloff, Iowa State University
Prairie City, Chelsey Branderhorst, Bryan and Deb Branderhorst, Iowa State University
Rockwell City, Andrew Lauver, Kevin and Linda Lauver, Iowa State University
Rockwell, Brittany Jurgemeyer, Bill and Karon Jurgemeyer, Iowa State University
Rose Hill, Andrew Chamra, Roy and Lori Chamra, Iowa State University
Sidney, Kelsey Nenneman, Michael and Angela Nenneman, Colorado State University
Sigourney, Jess Cavin, Mark and Diane Cavin, Iowa State University
Stanwood, Sarah Tenley, Deb and Dennis Tenley, Iowa State University
State Center, Austin Nichols, Brett and Lisa Nichols, Iowa State University
Strawberry Point, Brittany Keppler, Curt and Karen Keppler, Allen College
Wapello, Dakota Hoben, Bryan and Jill Hoben, Iowa State University
Waterloo, Alex Haight, Richard and Janis Haight, Iowa State University
Waverly, Benjamin Zelle, Ronald and Mary Beth Zelle, Iowa State University.