DES MOINES – Grace Christensen of Audubon, was awarded the $1,000 The Maschhoffs Pork Industry Scholarship through the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) during the Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Grace’s parents are Jason and Tracie Christensen.
“IFAA established the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program in 1990 to provide incentives for college-bound youth seeking post-secondary education in an area of agriculture,” said Lexi Delaney of Ames, who chairs the IFAA Scholarship Committee. Over $187,000 were awarded in scholarships to 105 youth this year by IFAA.
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 agriculture project members to pursue Ag-related careers. IFAA founders recognized that Iowa’s young people are the future of agriculture in Iowa and that an important way to support and retain Iowa’s future Ag- leaders is to provide financial support to those young people interested in Ag-careers.
IFAA’s primary programs are the Sale of Champions, which is done in conjunction with the annual Iowa State Fair, and the Winner’s Circle Scholarship and Awards program. Over
Since 1988, $8,422,910 has been generated for 2,358 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,634 Performance and Carcass Awards, and 424 Sale of Champions livestock exhibitors.