Four More Scholarships Awarded from Driving Agriculture Forward Program

Driving Ag Fwd - Rodney Beam

The IAA Foundation of the Illinois Farm Bureau is awarding $20,000 in scholarships this year to help with the cost of commercial truck driving training and ensure more well-trained, safe drivers are on the roads.  Four more individuals have received financial support to enroll in truck driver training classes thanks to the Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship program, funded by Illinois Farm Bureau and administered by the IAA Foundation.

The second group of 2022 recipients include Rodney Beam of Henry County, Bryce Northcutt of LaSalle County, Zane Thixton of Sangamon County, and Jaxon Mitchell of Massac County.  “Investing in individuals who keep agriculture products moving and who represent the strength and diversity of our industry is something we are proud to do,” said Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation.

Scholarship applications are available year-round with consideration deadlines occurring quarterly. The next application deadline is September 30, which correlates to drivers who intend to enroll in a commercial driver training program at an Illinois community college between October 1 and December 31.  Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded every three months and are based on the Illinois Farm Bureau region where the applicant resides.

All applicants must be Illinois residents and provide proof of enrollment during their corresponding award cycle. An endorsement from a farmer, County Farm Bureau leader, agribusiness, or food process business is required. Eligibility guidelines and applications are available through the IAA Foundation website at

For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2232, or email Jennifer Smith at [email protected].  The mission of the IAA Foundation is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture.

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