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TAYLORVILLE – College students enrolled in an agricultural science or food nutrition program can apply for a $1,000 scholarship awarded through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation.
The John H. Butterfield Agriscience and Nutrition Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a central Illinois high school, with priority given to a Christian County resident, and has completed the first year in an agriscience or food nutrition program at a two- or four-year college or university.
The application deadline is April 2 and is available on the foundation’s website at Memorial.Health/tmf. For more information, contact the foundation office at 217-707-5271.
Raised on a Christian County farm, John H. Butterfield received a degree from the University of Illinois and worked as an appraiser for the Farm Credit Administration before returning to the family farm in 1940. A strong advocate for soil conservation, he served on the Soil Conservation Advisory Board, the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers and Feed Grain Council.
“The Butterfield family established this scholarship to honor their father’s dedication to agriculture. As an essential for good health, agriculture remains one of the driving economic impacts in our community,” said Raedena Ryan, executive director of the Taylorville Memorial Foundation. “A lifelong interest in soil science and plant nutrition led John around the world to observe and learn about farming practices in other countries. Awarding this scholarship to a young person preparing for a career in agriculture or nutrition honors John’s interest in education.”
The Taylorville Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized in 1995. The foundation accepts financial donations to help further the mission of Taylorville Memorial Hospital to improve lives and build stronger communities through better health.