Bryan’s “Farm Tour” benefits dozens

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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY — A country music star is making sure some kids get a chance to go to college.

Luke Bryan visited Effingham last fall for a concert and left behind a gift for future students. The money is being used for four scholarships.

University leaders are looking for students with farm backgrounds. It means they have some good insight of what life on the farm is like.

Bryan had his Farm Tour Concert series last year in Effingham. It was a way for him to make his way to smaller cities he doesn’t usually perform at.

Afterwards, he gave EIU $8,000. The head of admissions encourages anyone to apply.

There are a few qualifications for students applying. One is the student must be living in the eastern part of Central Illinois. The student doesn’t have to be going into a future AG career, just have a story to share of what farming has done for his or her life.

EIU wasn’t the only school to get some cash. Proceeds from Bryan’s concert series funded 50 scholarships around the country.

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