|Iowa Black Powder Federation|
|Iowa Black Powder Federation
|2012 Scholarship Winners!
Kyle Stanley of Sanborn, Iowa, who is attending Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon
Heidi Eichelberger of West Des Moines, Iowa who is attending Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines
Brennan Lawrence of Des Moines, Iowa, who will be attending University of Iowa in Iowa City
Congratulations to this years IBPF Scholarship winners!
Students may use their scholarship at any accredited institution of higher education (i.e. Junior College, Community College, Technical College, College or University). The money must be used for tuition, books fees and housing. The Iowa Black Powder Federation will work with the student and the college financial aid officer in determining the payee when the check is issued. This will ensure the greatest benefit to the recipient and avoid violation of eligibility requirements. This is a one-time award for one year.
A member of the Iowa Black Powder Federation board of directors or appropriate designee will officially present the scholarship award to the winner.
IBPF Board Member - Terry Kamstra
Dear fellow IBPF members & readers of the Powder Horn News. At the IBPF Board of Directors meeting held November 3, 2012 the Scholarship Program was discussed as a standing agenda item. As acting Scholarship Program Chairperson I submit the following information & update specific to the program.
At this time we have not received any scholarship applications. I encourage all IBPF members & non-members to look in your social circles for potential candidates. I also invite you to contact your local High School Guidance Counselor as most scholarship program information is funneled through them. Eligible students can’t possibly participate if they are unaware that the opportunity exists. All program information is available on our website at www.iowablackpowderfederation.net
During the past year the Federation fielded some suggestions regarding the Scholarship Program & the use of raffle funds for the scholarships from a few members. Without going into great detail some of the suggestions included:
I want to thank the members that provided input for doing so. The IBPF Board of Directors needs input from its members to keep the Federation on course. We appreciate hearing the “voice of the membership” & encourage more of it.
The members who offered suggestions regarding the program also agreed that having a scholarship program is a good idea & a noble thing for the Federation to do. The IBPF Board supported that sentiment at the meeting & has decided to continue to offer the program with only a couple minor changes. The changes include:
Some things that remain unchanged are the eligibility & essay criteria. One of the core concepts of the program was to make it a members only benefit. We wanted to offer something back to the people that have made the Federation such a great organization over the years. Another core concept is to have the participants gain a deeper understanding of what the Federation is all about & what better way to do that than to interpret what our preamble means to them in an essay. We purposely decided against merit-based criteria (GPA, leadership qualities, shooting ability, etc.) in an effort to focus on the students understanding of what our organization has stood for over the last 28 years & what we will stand for in the years to come.
Moving forward I believe that three basic elements must exist in order for the Federation to continue to offer this program: A. Support for the program by a majority of our members, B. Available funds & C. Participation from applicants. If any one of these fails to exist then I think the IBPF Board would have to take action regarding the program. Such action would either be to modify the program to facilitate a higher level of success or cancel it.
I’m offering my contact information at the end of this article & welcome any input either for or against the program. In order to accurately define if membership support exists I need to hear from as many of you as possible.
Finally, please keep in mind that the program is only a couple years old so it’s reasonable to expect more changes as it evolves & continues to mature. We all want this program to be as successful as possible & I think if we work together with that as our goal then only good things can happen.
Preamble to the Constitution of the "IOWA BLACK POWDER FEDERATION"