Anita Burns is the daughter of Brian and Pam Burns of Sparta. She will be a 2019 graduate of Sparta High School and will be studying Computer Engineering & Agriculture at Southwestern Illinois College in the fall. Anita feels that she will be able to accomplish advancements in the agricultural technology industry and improve family owned farms. With this financial support she will work hard and bring new technology to our community. She appreciates the support and love-for-agriculture of all who donated to the scholarship fund and cannot say thank you enough for this scholarship and the opportunities it will provide for her to help her better the farming community!
Kelby Burns is the son of Kent and Barbara Burns of Coulterville. He graduated from Sparta High School in 2017 and currently attending Rend Lake College studying Agricultural Mechanics and will also be studying Diesel Tech & Heavy Equipment. Kelby feels that this scholarship will help him pay for his extra semester of schooling and books for those extra classes he plans to pursue. It will also help pay for some of his fuel expenses driving back and forth and hauling equipment to work on. He would like to say how grateful he is towards those individuals that donate to the Foundation and how without them a lot of kids wouldn't be able to afford college out of pocket and would have to take out loans and be in debt for many years to come. Kelby believes such individuals are great and he can't say thank you enough.
Kayla Cowell is the daughter of Charles and Rebecca Cowell of Sparta. She graduated from Sparta High School in 2018 and is attending Murray State University majoring in Ag Science/Ag Technology. With the help of this scholarship, Kayla will be able to continue pursuing her lifelong dream of a college education. She will be able to focus more on her education than compensating for the costs of that education. Allowing her to optimize her education and all of the opportunities it provides. College can be very expensive and without scholarships, it would be hard for her and her family to pay for her tuition and additional expenses. Kayla wants to thank those who generously donated money to help her and countless other students pay for their college education. It is greatly appreciated.
Hannah Ehlers is the daughter of Les and Diane Ehlers of Campbell Hill. She is a 2016 graduate of Trico High School, has attended Kaskaskia College, and will be attending SUI Carbondale in the fall. Hannah feels that this scholarship will help her to continue to further her education, which will get her one step closer to starting Vet school, and getting into Vet school will allow her to give back to her community. She would like to thank everyone for their continued support, which helps kids who want to continue their education in an agriculture related field.
Grace Koester is the daughter of Michael and Sara Koester of Red Bud. She graduated from of COSLHS in Evansville in 2018 and is attending SIU Carbondale studying Animal Science-Production. Grace’s scholarship will help her accomplish her educational goal of earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a specialization in dairy and beef production and will help pay for her college tuition. She would like to thank everyone who donated to the Randolph County Farm Bureau Foundation! Without their continued support, students like her would not be able to have the opportunities they have today. Thank you for choosing to invest in the future of agriculture!
Blaise Lake is the son of Jeff and Lisa Lake of Ellis Grove. He is a 2017 graduate of Sparta HS and plans to major in Agriculture Mechanics and Diesel Tech at Rend Lake College. Blaise feels that his scholarship will help him further his education and help him speed the process of beginning the career he wants to pursue. He wants to thank those who donated to the scholarship fund, it will greatly help him pursue his higher education and his career dreams.
Bobbie Lake studied Science at Frontier Community College in Fairfield and now attends Southeast Missouri University majoring in Agribusiness – Animal Science. She feels like she will be able to accomplish her degree with the help of this scholarship and graduate in the fall. Bobbie is thankful for the support and the donations to the foundation. It not only has helped her in the past and will do so again in the future, but it has also helped other students like her.