Investing in Innovation: The Boyd & Joan Wallbrown Agricultural Innovation Scholarship

When Boyd Wallbrown Jr. started Deerfield Ag Services in 1959, he set out to impact his friends and neighbors through innovation and education in the world of agriculture. By the time he passed away in 1991, he had done just that. As his wife and business partner, Joan established and maintained administrative systems and did much of the bookkeeping, always with an eye on quality control. Their children wanted to preserve that vision, and honor their parents, so they established the Boyd & Joan Wallbrown Agricultural Innovation Scholarship in their honor. Through the help of the Portage Foundation, $5,000 annually is awarded between the recipients of the honor.

The scholarship is available to students who are seniors in high school or qualifying vocational school or are already enrolled in a two-year or four-year undergraduate college program. The applicant must have plans to pursue a higher education degree with the following focus(es): agricultural production, research/development in agriculture production, crop production, livestock/farm animals (including veterinary medicine), agriculture engineering, emphasis on innovation, and agricultural production advances. 

Applications are evaluated based on :

  • Academic Achievement
  • Academic Potential
  • Financial Need
  • Community Service/School Citizenship
  • Agriculture

To be considered, applicants must fill out an application; provide two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher, and one from a non-relative community member, and write an essay on why they should be considered, including why they want to enter the field of agriculture.

To apply go to: portagefoundation.org/scholarships/wallbrown-agricultural-scholarship/