The demand for well-trained communicators in the food, agriculture, and environmental fields continues to grow. To meet this demand, the University of Illinois agricultural communications program needs to attract the best and brightest students. The availability of undergraduate scholarships significantly influences a student’s college decision.
Preparing the next generation of agricultural communicators requires educational accessibility. Scholarships create opportunities for students who may otherwise not have the financial capacity to attend the University of Illinois.
Generous contributions by individuals, companies and organizations provide current undergraduate scholarships. However, with the increased cost of higher education, the need for scholarships continues to rise.
A variety of giving options are available. The agricultural communications scholarship fund provides unrestricted support to both incoming and returning students. Donors may also establish named and endowed scholarships for agricultural communications students.
Lyle Orwig, Ag Comm ’74, credits much of his career success to the education he received in the agricultural communications program at the University of Illinois. “I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship as a student,” says the chairman of Charleston|Orwig in Hartland, Wisconsin. “Establishing an undergraduate scholarship is a way for me to invest in the ag careers of other U of I students.”
Orwig and his wife Karma created the Charleston|Orwig Endowed Scholarship to permanently support efforts to attract the best and brightest students to the agricultural communications program. “As state funding continues to decline, privately-funded scholarships are necessary to help make the University of Illinois agricultural communications program more accessible to more students,” Orwig says. These students are the next generation of leaders in agricultural communications and marketing.
“An endowed scholarship allows for perpetuity, assuring it will always be helping students.” Orwig hopes this scholarship will introduce students to the agricultural communications and marketing community where they can begin to lay the foundation of their professional career and network.