he Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, has awarded 123 scholarships to high school seniors across Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each student received a $1,500 educational scholarship.
“Each of the high school students who was awarded a scholarship confirms what we already know: that there is a bright future for rural America and agriculture,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist. “Providing these scholarships is a way we can help fulfill our mission of championing rural. These students have worked hard during their educational journey and we’re honored to support them.”
Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic achievement, essay writing and involvement in agriculture and community organizations. Among the recipients, animal science is the most popular major followed by agriculture business. South Dakota State University and Iowa State University are tied for the most popular school, followed by the University of Wisconsin – Platteville; and 23% of recipients will be attending a community college or technical school. One recipient received scholarships targeted toward students in urban areas with interest in agriculture.