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Source: Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement

College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock projects and current undergraduate students may apply for $81,000 in scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA). The scholarships are available to freshmen entering any Iowa two- or four-year post-secondary institution this fall or current undergraduates attending Iowa State University. Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences that is related to the animal industry, according to IFAA spokesman Harold H. Hodson. The awards include:

* Three $5,500 one-year scholarships
* Four $5,000 one-year scholarships
* One $3,000 one-year scholarship
* One $2,500 one-year scholarships
* Eight $2,000 one-year scholarships
* Five $1,500 one-year scholarships
* Fourteen $1,000 one-year scholarships
* Three $500 one-year scholarships

Selection will be based on level of 4-H/FFA involvement in livestock project work, livestock exhibition and/or judging, scholarship, leadership and career plans. Applications for current undergraduate students must be postmarked by April 1, 2010, and applications for incoming freshmen must be postmarked by June 1, 2010. All materials should be sent to Winner's Circle Scholarship, c/o SGI, 30805 595th Ave., Cambridge, IA 50046.

Winners will be announced during the Iowa State Fair's annual 4-H/FFA Sale of Champions on August 21, an event sponsored by IFAA. The IFAA is a non-profit organization founded in 1988. It is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agricultural project members to pursue ag-related careers. IFAA scholarship funds come from a percentage of Sale of Champions proceeds, as well as Winner's Circle Club donations.

The IFAA is proud to offer a variety of annual scholarships to both incoming freshman and upper classmen students pursuing educations in ag-related fields of study. Iowa Youth Earn $141,850 in Scholarships and Awards at the Iowa State Fair The Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) presented $141,850 in scholarships and awards to youth who participated in 4-H and FFA beef, swine, sheep, poultry and other agricultural projects Saturday, August 22, prior to the Sale of Champions at the Fair. 97 Scholarships with a value of $125,750, as well as 88 Performance and Carcass Awards valued at $16,100, were awarded. When tallied with the Sale of Champions receipts, the IFAA provided $373,100 to young livestock and poultry producers to sustain their interest in agriculture and related careers.