Ihm Captures Inaugural Scholarship

Jeremiah Ihm of Lancaster will receive $1000 towards his education as the Mary Elvekrog Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. (WORF) Board Scholar. He was selected from over 300 applicants from rural Wisconsin.  

“Having been awarded this WROF scholarship increases my financial standing as a college student while decreasing my need for student loans and my overall debt,” he states.   Ihm is the son of John and Deb Ihm and a 2020 graduate of Lancaster High School. He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education and Technology Education.

“In the classroom, I look forward to teaching students about plants, animals, business and how we use them in our daily lives”, explains Ihm. “I want to help others find out what they love to do and help them succeed.”

Born and raised on his family’s organic dairy and hen farm, Ihm’s love for agriculture started early. His first farm chore was feeding bottle calves in kindergarten and this has grown into helping with field work, vaccinating and medicating animals, identifying calves, assisting with milking and taking care of his own animals. Ihm’s herd has grown to include four cows and sheep and swine project animals.  

During his high school tenure, Ihm participated in 4-H, FFA, his church, wrestling, football, National Honor Society, band and more. He, additionally, earned several accolades including lettering in wrestling and football, FFA Chapter Star Greenhand, and Wisconsin FFA Organic Proficiency State Winner.  

The WROF is honored to announce the inaugural class of board scholars. Nine rural Wisconsin students were selected to receive a scholarship that is funded and supported by a board member of WROF.  

“Since the Great Depression, the WROF’s mission has been to foster vitality in rural Wisconsin. With wise leadership and prudent investing, we have awarded scholarships for decades at more than 30 post high school educational programs throughout Wisconsin,” says Joan Behr, the WROF President.  

Since 1934, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. has invested in the education of people from rural Wisconsin so they, in turn, can transform and improve the economic health and quality of life in their rural areas. As a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, more 6000 individuals have received over $6.2 million in scholarships and grants in agricultural and rural health care education in over 30 different Wisconsin educational institutions and programs.