Farm Bureau Foundation Awards 2020 Scholarships

Sophia Corkill, Gage Miller, Will Sammons, Michael Seabloom and Grace Verbeck are the recipients of the Wilbert & Carol Keppy Foundation Scholarships.  Nicole Haverback, Wyatt Martens, Jaidyn Miller, Logan Nodie, Bradleigh Schaefer and Madisen Winter and were selected as the Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship winners. 

The scholarships for the Keppy Foundation were available to Henry County graduating high school seniors or college students whose family is currently engaged in production agriculture. The Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships were available to graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture or college students enrolled full-time pursuing a career in agriculture. Only Henry County Farm Bureau members and dependents were eligible to apply.

Sophia Corkill is the daughter of Brian and Amy Corkill, Galva.  She is a 2018 graduate of Galva High School and is a Junior at Methodist College of Nursing, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  In high school Sophia was active in FFA, National Honor Society, Cheerleading and Volleyball.  In college she volunteers at the College Blood Drive, Service Learning Project for Kourage Kids and the Galva High School Athletic Physical Day.

Gage Miller is the son of Travis and Starla Fransene, Cambridge.  He is a 2019 graduate of Cambridge High School.  In high school Gage was active in FFA, Baseball, Football and National Honor Society.  This year Gage has served as the 2019-2020 Illinois Association FFA State President.  Gage plans to attend the University of Illinois, majoring in Agriculture Education.

Will Sammons is the son of Gordon and Anne Sammons, Geneseo.  He is a 2020 graduate of Geneseo High School.  In high school Will was active in Choir, Band, Theatre and Key Club.  He plans to attend Black Hawk College and transfer to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Environmental Science and Music.

Michael Seabloom is the son of Tom and Julie Seabloom, Lynn Center.  He is a 2019 graduate of Orion High School.  He attended Black Hawk College and plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, majoring in Accounting.  In high school Michael was active in FFA, 4-H, Football and Student Council.  In college he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. 

Grace Verbeck is the daughter of Dennis and Jodi Verbeck, Atkinson.  She is a 2018 graduate of Geneseo High School.  Grace will be a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology/Pre-Pharmacy.  In high school Grace was active in Tennis, Student Library Advisory Panel, Foreign Language Club and National Honor Society.  In college she is a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau, Busey-Evans Hall Council, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Nicole Haverback is the daughter of Blake and Denise Haverback, Atkinson.  Nicole is a 2018 graduate of Geneseo High School.  She attended Black Hawk College East and will transfer to Iowa State University, majoring in Ag Business.  In high school she was active in 4-H, FFA, Tennis and an Honor Roll Student.  In college Nicole is a member of the Livestock Judging Team, Ag Business Club, Phi Theta Kappa and was a member of the State 4-H Livestock Judging Team.

Wyatt Martens is the son of Pat and Annette Martens, Orion.  Wyatt is a 2017 graduate of Orion High School.  He will be a Senior at the University of Illinois, majoring in Agriculture and Consumer Economics.  In high school Wyatt was active in FFA, 4-H, Band and Student Council.  In college he is a member of the Army ROTC, including the Ranger Club and Ruck Club, and is also a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity,

Jaidyn Miller is the daughter of Duane and Laurie Miller, Sheffield.  She is a 2019 graduate of Annawan High School.  She will be a Sophomore at Black Hawk College East, majoring in Ag Business.  In high school Jaidyn was active in 4-H and FFA, Cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Foreign Exchange Club.  In college she is a Student Ambassador, member of the Ag Business Club, Sigma Kappa Delta and Lift Club.

Logan Nodine is the son of Robert and Sarah Nodine, Cambridge.  Logan is a 2020 graduate of Cambridge High School.  He will be a Freshman at Iowa State University, majoring in Agricultural Business.  In high school Logan was active in FFA, Football, Basketball and National Honor Society. 

Bradleigh Schaefer is the daughter of Brad and Kelly Schaefer, Cambridge.  Bradleigh is a 2020 graduate of Cambridge High School.  She will be a Freshman at Iowa State University, majoring in Agriculture Education.  In high school Bradleigh was active in FFA, Teens Encounter Christ Leadership Team, Evangeletes Ministries and National Honor Society.

Madisen Winter is the daughter of Todd and Carrie Winter, Kewanee.  She is a 2019 graduate of Wethersfield High School.  She will be a Sophomore at Black Hawk College East, majoring in Agriculture Business.  In high school Madisen was active in FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Softball and Basketball. 

The Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation was formed in the spring of 1986 to carry out charitable, scientific, literary, and educational work in the field of agriculture.  Contributions to the Foundation are accepted from the public and are tax deductible.

The Keppy Foundation Scholarship was founded in December 1998 with the goal of providing educational college funding for children of farm families.