Honoring Students with Scholarships

Posted: August 18, 2021

Farm Bureau Foundation awards 18 scholarships

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 18 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving the Ag Discipline Scholarship, DeKalb Ag Scholarship, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarship, Robert Morley Science Scholarship, and Medical Scholarship.

College students receiving scholarships are pictured and listed with their year in school, university attending and their major.

Ag Discipline Scholarships

DeKalb Ag Scholarship

Claire Plapp – Senior – South Dakota State University – Dairy Production & Manufacturing

Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship

Brooke Wackerlin – Junior – University of Wisconsin/Platteville – Ag Education

Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship

Avery Plote – Junior – University of Illinois – Crop Science & Computer Science

Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarships

Robert Morley Science Scholarships

Medical Scholarships

Wildenradts Give Top Ag Scholarships

For the second year, Bob and Norma Wildenradt were genuinely pleased with the caliber of students applying for their named endowed scholarship.

This year’s recipient of their ag scholarship is Avery Plote of rural Leland. He is the 20-year-old son of Roy and Janet Plote.

Avery is a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in crop science and computer science. This summer he had an internship with CNH Industrial in technology training.

“Because of this investment in students like me, we as young leaders are able to become more productive in life and beneficial to our community,” said Avery. “I can’t wait to see how I will personally make an impact in our agricultural industry.”

In the future, Avery hopes to be employed by an agricultural company with a job of developing software to improve agricultural systems.

The Bob and Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship is awarded annually to a student studying agriculture at a college in Illinois. The $2,000 scholarship goes toward tuition and fees. It is one of 29 college scholarships granted by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation this year.