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Institute offers College Scholarship

The Institute for Rural America offers the Charles Skorupa Memorial Farm Scholarship. Our scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary school in an ag-related field. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance, career goals and involvement in agriculture, as well as ag- related clubs and organizations.
  • Applicant must be a student enrolled as
  • Senior in good academic standing in an accredited high school program

Click here to download application (PDF)

Institute offers Seize the Moment Grants


The Institute for Rural America is pleased to offer grants to assist nonprofit organizations. They are small grants designed for groups needing to take quick action on rural issues that arise. These issues may call for immediate organizing or action that cannot be predicted and are not budgeted. In some cases it is crucial to act immediately to address the issue and take advantage of an organizing or teaching opportunity.

These grants may also be use to assist nonprofit organizations the opportunity to send staff to local, regional or national training programs in their field. Grants are available to assist with conference registration fees, and are limited to one pre organization.

Maximum grant is $250. Funds are limited and when they are expended for a year, the grants will cease until the following fiscal year.

To apply:

Application maybe by letter, no more than two pages and can be faxed or emailed.

The letter should include:

*Name, address, telephone & fax numbers and email address of applicant.
*Name and Federal Identification number of organization, regarding 501 © 3 status.
*Total amount requested.
*Description of the grant request, including how the continuing education opportunity will assist the organization in it efforts to serve the community.
*The need or threat, and the organization’s plan for response and action.
*How the project is unanticipated and urgent, and why quick action is needed.
*Your signature.

Send your application to:

Institute for Rural America
PO Box 566
Ames, Iowa 50010
Attn. Dave Reed

Proposals are accepted at anytime. Recognizing these needs are immediate. The IRA will act on proposals in a timely manner. Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks.

If you’re interested, please contact the Institute via email at: