For several years, the Indiana Agribusiness Foundation has provided scholarships to both high school graduates and current college students who are pursuing a future in the Agricultural Industry. Through the Foundation, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) encourages young people to continue their education and eventual participation in agriculture.
Three scholarships are being offered by the association - the T. Jeffrey Boese Memorial Scholarship, Larry Foster Scholarshipand theJohn Anglin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
$1,000 award to a graduating high school senior. The applicant's parent or guardian must be an employee of an IGFA/IPFACA member company in order to qualify for this scholarship.
Jeff was the President of the Indiana Grain and Feed Association and the Indiana Plant Food and Ag Chemicals Association from 1982 to 1994. Jeff's family legacy with ACI traces back to the formation of the Indiana Grain Dealers Association in the early 1900s and his family's involvement with Royal Hatchery in Union City. Jeff began his "career" with the associations as a summer intern during high school. The board of directors encouraged him to pursue his college degree and then promised him a position with the organization upon graduation. Jeff graduated from Hanover College and did indeed join then President Russell Cole on the staff of Indiana Grain and Feed. Jeff was instrumental in the development of the Indiana Plant Food and Ag Chemicals Association and served as its President. When Russell stepped down from his position, Jeff ably assumed the helm of both organizations. He later made his way to California where he led the state's League of Food Processors. Jeff passed away in 2002.
$1,000 award to a graduating high school senior or a college undergraduate. The applicant's parent or guardian must be an employee of an IGFA/IPFACA member company in order to qualify for this scholarship.
Larry Foster worked as a fertilizer salesman for several companies during his career, including Chevron, W.R. Grace and Erny's (now the Andersons at Walton). Larry was involved in a serious car accident, and Bob Wyatt (Custom Farm Service) who was Chair of IN Plant Food and Ag Chemicals Association (1979-80) initiated a fund in the association to help with Larry's medical expenses. Larry eventually went back to work and the assistance fund was transformed into the Larry Foster Scholarship Fund.
$1,000 award to a graduating senior who will be attending Purdue University (either in the College of Agriculture or the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources). The student must demonstrate community leadership and his/her parent or guardian must be an employee of an IGFA/IPFACA member company in order to qualify for this scholarship.
John Anglin, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in the Fall of 2012. ACI chose to rename our previous Foundation Scholarship in John's memory. John was an owner of Clunette Elevator in Leesburg. The Anglin family has long been involved with and supported ACI. John's dad, Jack, chaired the Indiana Grain and Feed Association in 1986-87. John himself chaired the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemicals Association (IPFACA) in 1994-95. And, John's son-in-law, Gabe Ayers, completed his term as Chair of IPFACA and ACI at the end of 2012. John's love of agriculture, his community, his family and friends, and God made him a very special person.
So, why not apply today since the deadline for submitting your ACI scholarship application is fast approaching. ACI is very proud of the students we have been able to support through this scholarship program; and more importantly we are excited about the relationships that have been formed between our recipients and the ACI membership. It might as well be you!