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Heartland Community College

Heartland student named GROWMARK Scholar

August 28, 2023

A Heartland Community College student is one of only fifty-five across the United States and Canada to be awarded a scholarship for promising students in agriculture and business. 

Lauren Monk from Heartland Community College (HCC) has been chosen to receive a $2,000 GROWMARK Foundation scholarship. 

More than 500 students from across the United States and Ontario, Canada, applied for the scholarships. Students who received the scholarships will have those funds available for the Fall 2023 semester. 

"At GROWMARK, we recognize the value of investing in students pursuing careers in agriculture or business-related fields,” said Mark Orr, CEO of GROWMARK, Inc.  “By doing so, we not only assist students in achieving their academic goals but also cultivate a potential future workforce for GROWMARK and FS member cooperatives.” 

Monk, from Heyworth, IL, is a freshman at HCC studying Agriculture Business.



The GROWMARK Foundation was formally incorporated in 2005 and supports 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation is focused on programs and activities which support: the vitality of the industry of agriculture; agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture's contributions to society and the economy; agricultural leadership development; and education about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business. The GROWMARK System has been involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts, including youth and young leader education and development and scholarships, for decades. More information is available at

Written by: Steve Fast