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Iowa Lakes Community College is proud to announce the establishment of the Joe and Ruth Ann Loebach Wind Energy Scholarship, a newly endowed scholarship by the Loebach family, as a testament to Joe and Ruth Ann’s forward-thinking approach to sustainability.

Joe and Ruth Ann Loebach were trailblazers in environmental stewardship long before it became mainstream. Joe, a veteran who earned his Associate of Arts degree on the GI Bill, and Ruth Ann were among the first in their community to adopt low-till and no-till planting practices. Joe’s expertise as an electrician, combined with their shared passion for conservation, led them to explore the use of a personal wind turbine to generate electricity for their acreage.

The Joe and Ruth Ann Loebach Wind Energy Scholarship will provide financial support to Iowa Lakes Community College students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing studies in the field of wind energy. The scholarship award is $1,000 per academic year, split between the fall and spring semesters. Preference will be given to parishioners from St. John’s Parish in Bancroft, St. Michael’s Parish in Whittemore, and St. Cecilia Parish in Algona.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Loebach family to establish this scholarship, which will enable students to pursue their education and contribute to the advancement of renewable energy solutions,” said Tony Condon, Institutional Advancement Coordinator at Iowa Lakes Community College. “This scholarship will help support the next generation of environmental leaders who share Joe and Ruth Ann’s vision for a more sustainable future.”

The Joe and Ruth Ann Loebach Wind Energy Memorial Scholarship will be one of the more than 150 scholarships for consideration when prospective and existing students complete the Iowa Lakes Scholarship application. Click here for more information