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A new scholarship honoring the late farm broadcaster Mark Pearson is now available to help young Iowa ag leaders.
The Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship provides full-tuition to qualifying Iowa FFA Chapter Presidents attending DMACC.
President of DMACC, Rob Denson, spearheaded the scholarship.
He says they want the FFA presidents showcased as leaders of Iowa's future. Adding Mark Pearson was the master of ceremonies at the FFA Enrichment Center groundbreaking, very supportive of DMACC, and a personal friend.
Denson says, "Very soon after Mark passed away, Eden and the Governor and I met, and said, 'Look, we need to do something significant for him.' We looked around for something that was a great fit. And then because he had two kids, Ellie and Betsy, who were FFA leaders we said, 'This is it, we're going to offer the scholarship and there's nothing like it in the country."
Mark Pearson's wife, Eden Pearson teaches at DMACC, she says Mark never knew a stranger and genuinely liked people.
She says, "So, to have a living breathing memorial that's actually helping people, which is what he liked best. If I could have come up with a memorial to honor Mark, I wouldn't have thought of anything this great. This is perfect."
The first two recipients of the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship are Chloe McCollough from Webster City and Kassidy Kuhlmann from Wapsie Valley High.
DMACC already has raised more than $325,000 to support the new scholarship.
Mark Pearson was a constant in Iowa Farm Broadcasting, hosting Iowa Public Television's "Market to Market" for more than 20 years and WHO Radio's "The Big Show."