2021 Scholarship Application Now Available

23 Oct 2020, by Kristin Cundiff Share :

Are you a county elected official or county employee with a child or grandchild who is a senior in high school this year or currently attending college? If so, please invite them to apply for one of our IAC Scholarships.

Seven recipients will receive $1,000 scholarships. The IAC Scholarship Fund was created in 1996 to assist children of county employees with the increasing cost of college tuition. Scholarships are awarded to students in a college, university, or vocational/technical school and who are children of county elected officials or county employees or grandchildren of county elected officials.

Want to know about this year’s winners? Read all about them here.

Have you ever wondered how the IAC Scholarship has impacted the winners? Here are a few updates from our past IAC Scholarship recipients.

2012 District 2 Scholarship Winner: Alex Ackerman, son of Idaho County Clerk, Kathy Ackerman
Alex graduated cum laude from the University of Idaho in December 2014 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He commissioned as an officer in the US Navy that same day.  He is now a Lieutenant, currently assigned to EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Mobile Unit 8, Rota, Spain. He will be stationed there until January 2021. His wife, Erica, and he have a son. I can’t adequately express how grateful we were for the IAC scholarship. Alex joined NROTC at the U of I without a scholarship from the Navy. He had all of the credentials, but military funding (including college scholarships) had been significantly reduced. Even with good grades, leadership and volunteering for every NROTC project and activity, he still was not selected for a full Navy scholarship until his Junior year. So, those first two years were funded through some other small academic scholarships, summer jobs and student loans. Oh, and LOTS of freezer meals from MOM! This was a very stressful time for all of us. The IAC scholarship helped meet real needs at a time when there was uncertainty about whether or not he would ever be awarded a Navy scholarship.  It provided some much needed peace of mind.

2011 District 6 Scholarship Winner: Jonathan Weber, son of Madison County Commissioner, Jon Weber
After receiving the IAC scholarship I went on to graduate in Financial Economics from BYU-Idaho. With the help of the scholarship and other academic scholarships I graduated with no student loans and a great career as a research analyst for a research company focused on home care across America, though still based in Rexburg. Through this company, I found a masters program at Ohio State University in business operational excellence that I finished in 2017. Once completing my masters program I was at a crossroads in my life, knowing I wanted to be an “entrepreneur” and have my own venture, I joined the family business – Circle of Love located in Rexburg. I am currently in transition with my parents, running the day-to-day aspects of the business.  Beyond just career success, my wife and I have three kids, and enjoy raising them in beautiful Idaho and plan on being in the area for years to come. I have also had great opportunities serving on the Madison County Republican central committee and in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. It is great to have opportunities and scholarships in Idaho that help propel students through education and into great careers and service in the community.

The 2020-2021 IAC Scholarship application is now available to download! The deadline to submit the application is Saturday, February 27th, 2021, but it’s never too early to get started. To download the 2021 IAC Scholarship application for additional rules and application requirements, please click the download button below.

Questions? Please call or email Mindy Linn, Idaho Association of Counties at (208) 514-0413.

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