Application deadline nears for IAA Foundation scholarships

Essay, endorsements part of the process; be sure to start sooner rather than later.

By Jim Taylor

Scholarship application season is well underway, and IAA Foundation Director Susan Moore reminded students of an upcoming deadline to apply for dozens of scholarships.

“It’s a great time to work on scholarship applications,” she said. “For both incoming freshman and those that are already at college.”

The IAA Foundation is managing 72 scholarships this year, for a total of $110,000 in funding.

“We opened the process Dec. 1, and it closes Feb. 1,” Moore said.

Plenty of information is available online through An essay is among the requirements.

“A couple of the specific things we’re looking for are a thorough inventory of your leadership and community service activities,” Moore said. “There is one essay question and we put a lot of weight on that.”

Applicants should also seek endorsements.

“This replaces the traditional letter of recommendation, but, again, you’re asking someone else to assist with your application, so you need to leave a little more lead time there,” Moore said.

Extra points are provided to applicants if the endorsement comes from the local county Farm Bureau. “We’re trying to keep those connections,” Moore noted.

“As the charitable arm of the Farm Bureau, our mission is to support the future of agriculture through education, so scholarships are a great way we do that,” Moore said.

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