At the Thursday night meeting of the Eldorado School Board Bill Jones, Eldorado, suggested that other farmers and property owners join him in donating the use of unfarmed land to a scholarship fund he has established for Southern Illinois University agriculture students coming from Eldorado.
At present Jones has joined a parcel of his land with another parcel in the effort. He is seeking other land owners to donate the use of their land and equipment to farm the land and is donating all proceeds to the scholarship fund.
So far he believes he can fund two $2,500 scholarships per year but would like to expand the program to three scholarships a year. So he needs the help of others to reach that goal and wants to make his program known.
"Anyone wishing to make a simple cash donation to the scholarship fund is welcome to do so," said Jones.
The following information was contained in a handout that Jones provided:
The scholarship would be awarded annually to an Eldorado High School Senior matriculating to SIU-C to major in an agricultural field.
A scholarship review committee has been established. Scholarship funds are the donated proceeds from grain sales from the donated crop land, farming supplies and services.
The school will be notified by Jan. 8 of the amount of scholarship monies available to award.
In other board business:
An eighth grade trip to Holiday World was approved.
Two retirement/resignation letters were accepted from agriculture teachers Bill Kittinger and David Jones.