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U of I scholarship fund created for county agriculture students

DEKALB – The DeKalb County Community Foundation announced the Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship Fund, to be awarded annually to a DeKalb County high school senior who plans to attend the University of Illinois’ College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The scholarship was named for the Pritchards because of their strong ties to DeKalb County, according to a news release.

Donald was born and raised on a dairy and grain farm in DeKalb County and spent 11 years participating in the 4-H Club. He worked on several projects that won state and national awards. He graduate from the university’s ACES program, earned a doctorate from Michigan State University and was a faculty member at Ohio State University for 25 years.

Patricia grew up on a small farm in Ohio, where she cared for animals. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Michigan State University and worked as an integrated pest management specialist at North Carolina State University, where she earned her doctorate.

The couple’s experience with many students throughout the years showed them how education can contribute to a successful future.

“Our desire is to encourage success in both college and life for these students,” said Don Pritchard in the news release. “We understand the overwhelming costs of higher education and want to help. Someday, we’d love to see these scholarship recipients pay it forward and return the generosity to another U of I student.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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