Since 2001, Imperial County Farm Bureau has distributed more than $100,000 in scholarships to local students through their scholarship funds. The program has grown over the years, with last year’s scholarships totaling more than $15,000 drawn from three different scholarship funds and distributed to 26 local students.
The longest-standing of these funds, the Imperial County Farm Bureau scholarship, is supported each year by the annual Farm Bureau Scholarship BBQ, with net proceeds from the April event distributed to local students each summer.
This year’s fundraising BBQ is scheduled for Friday, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Ryerson Hall in El Centro. Tickets are $8 per person and are available at the Farm Bureau office at 1000 Broadway in El Centro, or by calling 760-352-3831. The event will feature old-fashioned ice cream, live music, prize drawings and activities for kids. Drive-thru and take-out orders will also be available. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be disbursed as scholarships this summer.
Scholarship applications are available at the Farm Bureau office or on their website at www.icfb.net, and must be submitted by April 30. The program is open to local students who will be attending college this fall and are studying toward an agriculture-related career goal. Anyone who is interested in more information on the scholarships, or who would like to purchase tickets or sponsor the Farm Bureau scholarship barbecue on Friday are encouraged to contact Farm Bureau at 760-352-3831 or email@example.com. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the event.