LINCOLN, NEB.– In keeping with its mission to support the future of Nebraska agriculture, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded scholarships to five participants of the Nebraska LEAD program.

“These ag leaders make diverse contributions to the quality of life and economic success in our state,” said Megahn Schafer, executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. “We’re very proud to be a part of supporting those accelerating their leadership development through the Nebraska LEAD program,” she continued.

The LEAD Scholarship awards agriculture stakeholders that participate in the Nebraska LEAD program. The LEAD program improves leadership skills and abilities of Nebraska’s future agricultural leaders through exposure to diverse topics, issues, concerns, points of view, and innovative ideas. The winners of the LEAD Scholarship are current Farm Bureau members that commit to serving in a leadership role with Farm Bureau upon completion of the program.

The five winners are Alison Warner, Lancaster County Farm Bureau, Waverly; Bree A. DeNaeyer, Cherry County Farm Bureau, Seneca; Chris McQuillan, Phelps County Farm Bureau, Holdrege; MerleAnn Raichart, Dundy County Farm Bureau, Benkelman; Hannah Rupprecht, Buffalo County Farm Bureau, Bladen.

The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, visit www.nefbfoundation.org.