Local Farmer Gives Money To John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Johnny DeBerry (center) receives the check he donated... Photo provided

Johnny DeBerry (center) receives the check he donated… Photo provided

The John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund has received a $2,500 donation from Coffee County farmer Johnny DeBerry and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization award an educational scholarship.

 “I am honored to give the $2,500 donation to the John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said DeBerry. “I respected John Willis as a young man and I think of him quite often.  I like to keep his memory alive and this scholarship allows for that.” 

The John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to sophomore, junior and senior agriculture majors. This scholarship can also help students pay for registration fees or purchase textbooks. Last year, five $1000 scholarships were awarded.

For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.

A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com from now through April 1 to learn how.