The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association expects to award thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students going into agricultural irrigation or landscape irrigation fields in 2019.

Students who will be enrolled in a college program in the fall semester of 2019 or winter semester 2020 are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Applications can be found at the organization’s website. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28. Any questions, contact Scholarship Chairman Dirk Leavitt, Valmont Industries, at (208) 226-5639.

In 2018, the IIEA awarded $22,000 in scholarships to 34 students. College scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,500 per student. These students were selected on the basis of academic accomplishments, activities, leadership and interest in pursuing a degree in an agricultural irrigation or landscape-related field. Students of IIEA member businesses are also encouraged to apply. Students who have received IIEA Scholarships in the past are eligible to apply again. The IIEA has awarded 733 scholarships totaling $446,500 since 1980. The IIEA’s Scholarship Program received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture in the Education/Advocacy category at the 2012 Larry Branen Idaho Ag Summit.

The IIEA was established in 1971 and membership consists of 115 separate entities including wholesale suppliers, retail dealers, equipment manufacturers, public utilities and financial institutions engaged in serving Idaho’s irrigation needs. Scholarship funds are donated by IIEA members and the general funds of the IIEA.

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