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Monroe County Farm Bureau offers scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in agriculture.  Interested students do not need to be a member of Farm Bureau to apply.  Completed applications are due to the County Office by May 7, 2018.

$750 Betty Bliss Scholarship

$750 Dale Lynn Mason Scholarship

$750 Young Farmer Memorial Scholarship

The interview process will take place on May 12th.  Applicants will be contacted to set the time of their interview.

Click on this link for a copy of the application: 2018 Monroe County Farm Bureau Scholarship Application


Congratulations to the 2017 County Scholarship Winners!

Betty Bliss Scholarship: Dayton Darling
Young Farmer Memorial Scholarship: Andrew Scholl
Dale Lynn Mason Scholarship: Tye Thompson


On May 13, 2017, the Monroe County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Committee had the honor of interviewing five future leaders who had applied for the Bureau’s scholarships.  These scholarships are awarded each year to three deserving candidates with aspirations of a career related to the field of agriculture.  Applicants are not required to be members of Farm Bureau, though one of them (the Betty Bliss Scholarship) has traditionally been earmarked for children of member families.  Recipients can use the awards to attend college, trade school, or apprenticeship programs.

Receiving the Betty Bliss Scholarship for 2017 was Dayton Darling of Maybee.  It is named for long-time County Administrator Betty Bliss and has been presented every year since 1988.  Dayton is completing his first year at Michigan State University, where he studies Agricultural Industries and is a member of the Alpha Gammo Rho agricultural fraternity.  The son of Doug and Helen Darling, he helps on his family’s sesquicentennial farm, is a member of the Southeast Michigan Tractor & Engine Association, and is an alumnus of the Monroe County 4-H Program, where he was active in the Dairy Board.

The Dale Lynn Mason Scholarship, which honors long-time secretary Dale Lynn Mason, who served the Bureau for over 28 years, was again presented to Tye Thompson of Maybee.  A graduate of Dundee High School, Tye is currently attending Michigan State University where he is working toward a degree in Horticulture Science.  The son of Steve and Anne Thompson, Tye started a direct-marketing roadside stand, growing and selling many varieties of fresh produce in the Azalia area, and was active in the Dundee FFA program.  This year, he expects to expand his operation by adding an additional sales outlet in Dundee.

Finally, this year’s Young Farmer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Scholl of Dundee.  The oldest scholarship given by the Bureau, it was renamed four years ago as a tribute to those Young Farmers whose lives were cut short before reaching their full potential.  Andrew is a 2017 graduate from Dundee High School, and will be attending Monroe County Community College to study Agricultural Business.  The son of Tim and Karen Scholl, he plans to continue the family butcher shop after he completes his degree.  He was active in Dundee’s FFA program, a member of National Honor Society, and helped Dundee claim their recent state wrestling title.

Each scholarship has a value of $750.00, and winners are eligible to compete in all years of their studies against new applicants, provided they continue their studies in an agriculture-related field.  Other candidates vying for scholarships this year were Nathan Scholl of Dundee and Matthew LaVoy of Temperance.  We wish everyone who competed for these awards the best of luck as they continue their studies.  They are truly the future of agriculture in Monroe County!



Marge Karker Scholarship (Questionnaire for References)

The Michigan Farm Bureau offers three $1,000 scholarships to students attending Michigan State University, enrolled in an Agricultural program, who can meet the following requirements:

  • The student to receive the scholarship must be from
    a Farm Bureau family, or if married or 21 years of age
    or older, have his/her own Farm Bureau membership
    and be a member in good standing.
  •  Upon request, the student should be prepared to
    show financial need.
  •  The scholarship will be given to a two or four year
    or post-graduate student currently enrolled in an
    agricultural program at Michigan State University.
  •  This scholarship is available to a student at Michigan
    State University who has completed one year of
  •  The scholarship will be applied toward tuition at
    Michigan State University in the semester
    following receipt of the scholarship.
  •  The applicant should have a minimum scholastic
    average, as indicated by Michigan State University
    Registrar’s Office, of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale. Please
    attach an official transcript from MSU.
  •  The scholarship is a gift, not a loan.
  •  Two letters of recommendation are required.

Application Deadline is October 1st each year

Additional information and applications may be obtained from the Scholarships page at MFB's Ag Education & Leadership Page