Family establishes memorial fund to help Western IL University Ag students with college costs.
The Garrett W. Mooberry memorial scholarship, established in October of 2011, offers an annual scholarship to worthy Tazewell, Peoria and Woodford sophomore, junior or senior students majoring in agriculture at Western Illinois University. Students with an interest in animal science, 4-H or FFA experience or a farm background will get priority by the selection committee at Western.
Garrett Mooberry was an energetic, fun-loving cattleman killed in a vehicle accident just eight months after graduating with a degree in animal science and ag business from Western Illinois University in May, 2010. His death left a giant hole in his friends’ and family’s lives, and they established a scholarship for ag students at Western in Garrett’s name in 2011.
As a cattle kid in Tazewell County IL, Garrett participated in crops and beef projects as a member of Morton First Rate 4-H Club and carried on his love of farming into his college career first at ICC where he was on the Meat Judging team. At Western Illinois University, Garrett was a valuable member of Hoof and Horn, a hands-on beef club. He loved helping younger children learn to care for and show cattle. Garrett was well known for his cattle skills, traveling throughout the US to help cattlemen prepare their animals for sales and shows. He also maintained an Angus cow herd at his home farm. Garrett was happiest in the barn or in the tractor unless he could be showing cattle at one of the national shows in Denver, Houston, or Kansas City or at a local sale. He was well respected as a hard worker and skilled custom cattle fitter. As a member of Tazewell County Young Leaders, Garrett encouraged others to follow their hearts in whatever they did.
The Garrett W. Mooberry Memorial Scholarship is available to students currently attending Western Illinois University's School of Agriculture. The scholarship is administered through the Office of the School of Agriculture, College of Business & Technology.
Criteria: To be eligible for this award, applicants must be pursuing a degree in the School of Agriculture, entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall semester after the award is announced, with a minimum cumulative 2.8 grade point average. Preference will be given to applicants who have been involved in 4H, FFA, or any organization related to beef, i.e. Hoof and Horn Club. Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the United States and come from Tazewell, Peoria or Woodford County.
Terms: The scholarship shall be awarded annually with funds from the Morton Community Foundation and will provide support for tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses. The scholarship funds will be payable each year in two installments, half for fall semester and half for spring semester and will be deposited into the student’s WIU account by EFT. The scholarship is renewable with any former recipient needing to reapply each year. Failure of a recipient to remain in good academic standing or to make satisfactory progress toward the appropriate degree shall result in withdrawal of the scholarship.
Selection Process: Recipient(s) will be selected by the School of Agriculture Scholarship Committee and the Director of the School of Agriculture during the spring semester.
Applications: Applications may be obtained from the Office of the School of Agriculture, College of Business & Technology, Knoblauch Hall #145, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455. Or, CLICK HERE to download the application from the WIU website.
Inquiries should be sent to: Scholarship Selection Committee, School of Agriculture, Knoblauch Hall #145, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455. Or, CLICK HERE to download the application from the WIU website.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: September 7. Recipient will be selected in the fall.
IS THIS AWARD OR SCHOLARSHIP RENEWABLE?: Yes
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR RENEWAL?: Previous recipient(s) must apply each year and must remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward the appropriate degree in Agriculture.