2020 Scholarship Recipients Announced

In alignment with our mission to support Illinois farm families and the future of agriculture through education, The IAA Foundation is pleased to present the 2020 scholarship recipients. 

Seventy-two students were selected to receive scholarships based on their academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and overall commitment to success. A total of $114,000 will be distributed to assist with tuition costs for the 2020-2021 school year. The Foundation received 331 applications this year, representing 84 counties from across the state of Illinois. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2020 Scholarship Recipients! It is an honor and a privilege to support deserving students through our diverse scholarship program. 

Meet the 2020 IAA Foundation Scholars

Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership Scholarship $7,500

Austin Schorfheide, Washington County

Austin is from Hoyleton, IL. The son of Brent and Jenee Schorfheide, Austin will be a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Agricultural and Consumer Economics. 


IAA Foundation Top Scholars $5,000


Miriam Hoffman, LaSalle County

The daughter of Winifred and the late Kenneth Hoffman, Miriam will be a junior majoring in AgriBusiness at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Miriam is from Earlville, IL. 


Sophia Hortin, Champaign County

Sophia is an Agricultural Education major who will be a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From Fisher, IL, Sophia is the daughter of Mark and Shanna Hortin. 


Loren Koenigstein, Monroe County 

From Columbia, IL, Loren is the daughter of Kevin and Lillian Koenigstein. Entering her sophomore year at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Loren is majoring in Agribusiness, Management and Finance. 

IAA Foundation General Scholarships $1,000

In the Name of Robert F. Rouse:


Jacob Dalen, Will County 

In the Name of Fletcher A. Gourley and Leonard Southwell:


Reagan Kulenkamp, Macoupin County


Kathleen Smith, Bureau County

Collegiate Farm Bureau Scholarships $1,000


Zachary Becker, Lee County


Cooper Block, Edgar County


Conner Christian, Kendall County


Nicholas Close, Mercer County


Penny Flood, Cumberland County 


Alexa Jacobs, Bureau County


Devin Koester, Jo Daviess County


Callie McClay, Washington County

Cashford Farm Youth Scholarships $1,000


Zane Crist, Douglas County


Makenna Green, Douglas County

Charles B. Shuman Scholarship $1,000


Kelsey Smith-McAllister, Perry County 

Clifton L. Duckworth, CPA Ag Accounting 4 Tomorrow Scholarship $1,000


Shea Dougherty, LaSalle County

Curt Walters Memorial Scholarship $1,500


Avery Ohlendorf, Livingston County

Dale E. Butz Scholarship $1,000


Kade Portz, Washington County 

Dorothy and Wilhemine Ratermann Scholarships $1,000


Ava Armour, Macoupin County


Joseph Brumleve, Union County


Alexa Cassidy, Montgmery County 


Elizabeth Gwaltney, White County


Parker Karrick, Marion County


Christian Kessler, Shelby County 


Christina Lanter, St. Clair County


Nicole Laskowski, Washington County 


Tanner Mickey, Christian County


Erin Miller, Monroe County 


Lance Mitchell, Richland County


Lexi Mueller, Monroe County


Alexis Polczynski, Washington County


Avery Roosevelt, Edwards County


Mallory Unverfehrt, Washington County

Dr. E Ray and Jeanie Searby Scholarship $1,000


Ashlyn Mool, McLean County

Dwain Ford Memorial Soybean Scholarship $1,000


Seth Mitchell, Richland County

Elbert and Mary Elsbury Scholarship $1,000


Julie Fisher, Lake County

Fletcher A. Gourley, Leonard Southwell and Roger Capps Memorial Scholarships $2,000


Miann Barr, Waukon, Iowa


Emily Bonert, Epworth, Iowa


Allison Diekemper, Clinton County


Courtney Deiters, Clinton County


Kali Michael, Clinton County


Katelyn Schmitz, Norwalk, Wisconsin


Emma Tetzlaff, Winnebago County


Olivia Turley, Macoupin County 


Jake Wente, Cumberland County


Amanda Wilke, Richland County


Sara Winkler, Ellisville, Missouri


Rosalee Zehr, Livingston County


Greg Carney Scholarship $1,500


Lauren McMillan, Bureau County

Harris Thomas Scholarships $2,000


Elizabeth Bland, Greene County


Isaac Brockman, Grundy County


Zach Glover, Edwards County


Chase Trainor, Shelby County


Travis Wilke, Richland County 

Heartland NAMA Steven A. Hammerschmidt Memorial Scholarship $1,000


Michelle Cooney, Whiteside County


Herman E. and Cecilia E. Wiedle Scholarships $2,000


Alyssa Becker, Clinton County


Carly Etter, Clinton County


Emma Wuest, Clinton County 

Illinois Award Scholarship $1,000


Anne Becker, Morgan County 

Jean Stubblefield Memorial Scholarships $1,500/$3,000

Undergraduate Animal Science Scholarship $1,500:


Eric Schafer, Christian County

Post-Graduate Veterinary Medicine Scholarship $3,000:


Rachel Smith-Poor, Pike County


Leonard C. Zimmerly Memorial Scholarship $1,000


Emma Kuhns, Effingham County

Robert F. Rouse Scholarship $1,000


Madelyn Cusick, Lake County 

Twin Creek Family Farm Scholarship $1,000


Nick Mitchell, Edgar County

Vincent O. Greene Memorial Scholarships $1,000

 Tess Cummings, Iroqouis County


Jaden Thompson, McLean County


Hannah Weiman, Adams County

William J. Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship $1,000


Carlie Mettler, Madison County