DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad announced a new scholarship for FFA leaders across the state at DMACC Thursday morning.
The Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship honors late Iowa farm broadcaster, Mark Pearson, who hosted Iowa Public Television’s ‘Market to Market’ for more than 20 years, and was the host of WHO Radio’s ‘The Big Show.’ Pearson was also a Madison County farmer. He passed away in 2012.
The scholarship provides a full tuition for any Future Farmers of America chapter president in Iowa who wants to attend Des Moines Area Community College. DMACC doesn’t restrict the major these students must declare; they simply must attend DMACC for one or two years, and tuition will be covered. DMACC officials say so far, donors have raised more than $300,000 for the fund, and have accepted the first two of 14 applicants into the scholarship program already.
“I’m going to be able to collaborate with other agricultural leaders, and of course, people who advocate for agriculture every single day,” said Kassy Kuhlmann, a scholarship recipient. “So, the opportunity is amazing, and I want to thank you guys again for everything that’s done for us, and I look forward to educating the new students of Iowa as an agriculture education teacher in the future.”