Seven students receive Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships

Seven Bureau County students will receive financial assistance from the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation to help cover costs associated with continuing their education. The Foundation Board of Directors has named Skyler Brazel of Tiskilwa, Chase Gripp of Sheffield, Kaitlyn Hildebrand of Ohio, Alexa Jacobs of Walnut, Luke Schultz of Princeton, Malena Wheeler of Tiskilwa and Cole Wright of Bradford as the 2017 recipients of the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships. 

For the past twenty-two 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 $76,000 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.

Skyler Brazel, son of Carl Brazel, is currently attending the Iowa State University majoring in Horticulture and Global Resource Systems.

Chase Gripp, son of Chad and TeNille Gripp, recently graduated from Bureau Valley High School. This fall he will attend Purdue University and will major in Ag Systems Management.   

Kaitlyn Hildebrand, daughter of Kevin and Susan Hildebrand, is currently attending Illinois Central College majoring in Animal Science.

Alexa Jacobs, daughter of Rod and Jennifer Jacobs, recently graduated from Bureau Valley High School. This fall she will attend Southern Illinois University and will major in Agricultural Education.

Luke Schultz, son of Karl and Beth Schultz, recently graduated from Princeton High School.  This fall he will attend Black Hawk College and will major in Agribusiness.  

Malena Wheeler, daughter of Robert and Nicole Wheeler, is currently attending the University of Wisconsin in Platteville studying Agribusiness.    

Cole Wright, son of Todd and Joann Wright, recently graduated from Princeton High School.  This fall he will attend Black Hawk East to study Agribusiness/Crop Science.  

All of these students were extremely active in extracurricular activities with strong backgrounds in FFA, 4-H as well as Church and other school programs. Congratulations go out to these five well deserving students.  The scholarship recipients will formally receive their awards at Princeton’s Beef and Ag Days in June.