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Meet our 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

The recipient of the award designed to honor Mr. Paarlberg, the first President of the Foundation and President of the Farm Bureau for 17 years, was designed as the top rated applicant carrying the prestige of being the best candidate and a greater financial reward for the individual.

Jonathon Poole

Poole attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Food Science and Technology.  He has been a member of the FFA Program.  Jonathon is the son of Thomas and Susan Poole of Chicago.

Katherine Manika

Katherine attends St Xavier University with a major on Biology and Pre Health.  Manika completed an internship at Springbrook Animal Care Center in Naperville where she benefited hands-on experiences.  Katherine is the daughter of Colleen Manika of North Riverside.

Xavier Morgan

Morgan attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Ag Communications and Advertising.  Xavier has goals to be a productive citizen and contribute and give back as much that has been given to him.  Xavier is the son of Vera Flournoy of Chicago.

Thomas Poole

Poole attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Crop Sciences.  He has been a member of the FFA Program and an active member of the CHSAS Horticulture Greenhouse Team.  Thomas is the son of Thomas and Susan Poole of Chicago.

Aidan Walton

Aidan attends Illinois State University with a major in Agribusiness and a Spanish minor.  Walton’s goal is to work for an Agribusiness that helps people across the nation and possibly the world.  Aidan is the son of Leah Walton of Westchester.

Caitlin Bondarowicz

Caitlin plans to attend Harper College in Palatine with a major in Science.  She has a passion for animals and her goal is to eventually work in veterinary medicine.  Caitlin is the daughter of Mario and Renata Bondarowicz of Schaumburg.

Natalie Daniel

Natalie plans to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a major in Zoology.  She has a passion for cats and loves volunteering at the local cat shelter.  Natalie is the daughter of David and Sarah Daniel of Hoffman Estates.

Olivia Lake

Olivia attends Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a major in Agronomic Business.  She was selected as the Agronomy Ambassador which lead her to enhance her leadership skills and future Agronomy students.  Olivia is the daughter of Chris Lake of Orland Park.

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation was established by the Cook County Farm Bureau to carry out charitable, literary and educational work in Agriculture.  The Foundation Board established the Agricultural Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to students pursuing education for agricultural careers and to encourage the best and brightest young minds to return to Agriculture as their chosen career.

Janet McCabe, President of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, says, “We commend each of the scholarship winners for the quality applications submitted.  We congratulate these young agricultural leaders of tomorrow and we wish them the best in their academic studies and in their pursuit of ag-related careers.”

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