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Illinois Farm Bureau knows that you could always use a little extra help paying for college. That’s why IFB’s IAA Foundation offers several scholarships for Illinois students, especially those who see a career in agriculture in their futures. Scholarship deadlines are typically the first of February of each year.

Applications are due February 1!
For details, visit IAA Foundation

IAA Foundation General Scholarship
For the study of agriculture, agribusiness, or an agriculture related major at any recognized university, college, or community college in or outside of Illinois. Five $1,000 scholarships and one $1,100 scholarship will be awarded. One of the eight may be awarded to a qualified student studying foreign trade.

William J. Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Kuhfuss’ family and friends established this scholarship fund to honor him for his many years of leadership in agriculture. One $1,000 award will be given to a student with an agricultural background or working toward an occupation in or related to agriculture at a post-secondary school in the state of Illinois.

Dale E. Butz Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship will be a post-secondary student with a background in production agriculture who is majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or agriculture related field. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Heartland NAMA Steven A Hammerschmidt Memorial
Scholarship For junior or senior level college student majoring in agriculture or agri-business at an Illinois college or university, who is interested in a career in agricultural marketing, agricultural sales or agricultural communications. Must be a U.S. citizen. Additional essay required. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Case-New Holland Scholarship
Must be a resident of LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell or Woodford county pursuing a degree in agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering or agriculture mechanized/ systems management at a postsecondary university, college, community college or trade school in the state of Illinois. $1,000 scholarship will be offered.

Dorothy and Wilhelmine Ratermann Scholarship
Open to any major, recipients must be a resident of any Illinois county located south of a line created by connecting the northern borders of Calhoun, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Shelby, Cumberland, and Clark counties. Applicants may come from the aforementioned counties and any Illinois county located south of these counties. 25 - $1,200 scholarships and 5 - $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Greg Carney Scholarship
Established by his family and friends, this scholarship honors the memory of Greg Carney, Farm Bureau employee and University of Illinois graduate. Eligible recipient must be a University of Illinois student, actively involved in production agriculture in a family farm operation, have a track record of active 4-H membership, and major in agriculture. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded.

Robert F. Rouse Scholarship
Up to three scholarships for children of Lake County Farm Bureau members will be awarded to students majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or a related field, or pursuing a nursing degree, and attending an accredited college, university, or community college in Illinois. $1,100 scholarships will be awarded.

Fletcher A. Gourley, Leonard Southwell, and Roger Capps Scholarship
Scholarship funds in memory of Mr. Gourley, Mr. Southwell, and Mr. Capps, were established by Prairie Farms Dairy in honor of their many years of leadership. Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to children of current patrons, and six similar $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to sons and daughters of current employees. To be eligible, the parent must have been an employee or patron on or before February 6, 2007.

Walter J. & Martha J. Wills Scholarship
Established by the late Walter Wills, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University’s College of Agriculture, the recipient must be a child of Illinois Farm Bureau members who live on and operate a farm and are U.S Citizens. Students must be enrolled at SIU at Carbondale’s College of Agriculture and may pursue any program major except equine, floriculture, or forestry. One $1,200 scholarship will be awarded.

Applications are available at IAA Foundation's website along with a full listing of eligibility requirements and general scholarship guidelines. For questions, email your request to jsmith@ilfb.org or call the IAA Foundation office at (309) 557-2230. Don't forget, many county Farm Bureaus have local scholarships, too.

Scholarships are subject to change without notice.
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