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 Chase Gripp of Sheffield, Stephanie Gripp of Sheffield, Kaitlyn Hildebrand of Ohio, Alexa Jacobs of Walnut, Lauren McMillan of Tiskilwa, Katie Smith of Walnut and Judd Wright of Bradford as the 2019 recipients of the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships.

For the past 24 years, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation has made a financial commitment to assist individuals interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. To date, $91,250 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.

Let’s meet this year’s recipients!

Chase Gripp

Chase Gripp

Chase Gripp, son of Chad and TeNeille Gripp. He is finishing his sophomore year at Purdue University where he is currently studying Agricultural Systems Management/Sales and Marketing.

Stephanie Gripp

Stephanie Gripp

Stephanie Gripp, daughter of Chad and TeNeille Gripp. This spring she will graduate from Bureau Valley High School. This fall she plans to attend Oklahoma State University where she will major in Animal Science- PreVet with a minor in Agricultural Communications.

Kaitlyn Hildebrand

Kaitlyn Hildebrand

Kaitlyn Hildebrand, daughter of Kevin and Susan Hildebrand. She is finishing her Junior year at Kansas State University where she is currently majoring in Animal Science.

Alexa Jacobs

Alexa Jacobs

Alexa Jacobs, daughter of Rod and Jennifer Jacobs. She is finishing her Sophomore year at Southern Illinois University where she is currently studying Agricultural Systems and Education.

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan, daughter of Kyle and Jodi McMillan. This spring she graduated from Princeton High School. This fall she plans to attend the University of Illinois where she will major in Agricultural Leadership.  

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie Smith, daughter of David and Janet Smith. This spring she finished up her sophomore year at Sauk Valley Community College. This fall she plans to attend Illinois State University majoring in Agricultural Communications.    

Judd Wright

Judd Wright

Judd Wright, son of Todd and Joann Wright. This spring he graduated from Princeton High School. This fall he plans to attend Black Hawk East where he will study Ag Business in the Ag Transfer Program.

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 seven well deserving students. The scholarship recipients will formally receive their awards at Princeton’s Beef and Ag Days.

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