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IAA Foundation Scholarship Program
You're taking an important step to future success!
The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships to Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. The IAA Foundation is pleased to administer scholarships on behalf of agricultural partners and families who wish to support future generations and help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce in Illinois while supporting farming communities.
The IAA Foundation is pleased to offer 100 awards totaling $201,501 to students in 2023. The application period runs from January 1 - February 15, 2023. At this time, students can review eligibility guidelines in the Scholarship Overview.
In addition to eligibility criteria, recipients are selected based on academic performance, activities and involvement, financial plan, essay response and personal statements.
Frequently Asked Questions
The application period runs January 1 to February 15 each year. All elements of the application must be completed/submitted by 11:59 pm on February 15. Recipients are announced on our website and in FarmWeek, the weekly Illinois Farm Bureau news publication, on or around May 1. Letters/emails are sent to both recipients and non-recipients before the announcement.
You can apply for multiple scholarships, but you can only receive one per year. Please carefully read general and specific eligibility for each scholarship on this website and within the application. You will self-select the scholarships you want to apply for, understanding that if you do not meet the eligibility requirements you will be disqualified. You must complete all elements of the application to be eligible for review.
Once you have started the online application, you may save and continue your work at a later time. Use the same login and password that you created to access the site. We encourage bookmarking the application site. Click on “Save and Next” located at the bottom of every section. NOTE: Once you click “Save and Finalize” you can no longer make edits. Ensure all information is complete and accurate prior to finalizing. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.
Official transcripts are not required. All copies should be uploaded directly into the application in one of the accepted file formats. If you are entering as a Freshman, you must include a copy of your high school transcript. If you are entering as a Sophomore, submit your high school and college transcript. If you are entering as a Junior, Senior or Graduate level college student, only your college transcript is required. If you attended more than one college before you received your degree, submit transcripts from all schools attended.
If you are over 18, your parents do not need to sign the application release. The second signature request allows IAA Foundation to use quotes from your essay, general statistical data, and/or photo. You are not required to say YES to the second consent, and it has no bearing on your ability to receive a scholarship.
Scholarship checks will be sent directly to the recipient’s school by the first week in July and will be equally split between both semesters. Under absolutely no circumstances will we issue a check directly to a recipient.
Information is available at your county Farm Bureau office, by calling the IAA Foundation office at 309-557-2232, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
IAA Foundation Fellowships
You're taking an important step to continued success!
The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college fellowships to Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. The IAA Foundation is pleased to administer fellowships on behalf of agricultural partners and families who wish to support future generations and help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce in Illinois while supporting farming communities.
The IAA Foundation is pleased to offer up to 8 awards totaling $37,500 to students in 2022. The application period runs from January 1 - February 15, 2022.
2022 Fellowships Offered
The IAA Foundation is pleased to support the charitable wishes of our generous donors and the future of agriculture by offering Harris Thomas Fellowships, Jean Stubblefield Fellowships, and Charles B. Shuman Fellowship.
Harris Thomas Fellowships: Up to five awards ranging from $2,500-$5,000 each are available. Students studying an agriculture related field at any public university, excluding the University of Illinois, are eligible. A preference is given to students from southern Illinois, defined as south of Springfield, IL.
Jean Stubblefield Fellowships: Up to two awards ranging from $2,500-$5,000 each. Students studying an agriculture related field at any public university are eligible. A preference is given to students whose area of research applies to dogs, cattle, sheep or swine.
Charles B. Shuman Fellowship: Up to one award of $2,500. Students studying at any public university with a major or area of study focusing on agricultural policy, agricultural marketing infrastructure, domestic and international trade of agricultural products, seed technology, or agricultural management and production practices are eligible.
Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarships
You're driving agriculture's success!
Truck drivers are critical for transporting farm commodities, inputs, and food throughout our state and nation. Without truck drivers, the entire supply chain breaks down. The Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship Program, funded by the Illinois Farm Bureau, offsets the cost of required commercial truck driver training and ensures more well-trained, safe drivers are available to drive agriculture forward.
The IAA Foundation is pleased to offer 20 $1,000 awards to students enrolled at a Community College Truck Driver Training in 2022.
Once available, the application link will be posted HERE.
- Illinois resident
- Enrolled in or planning to enroll in a commercial driving training program at an Illinois Community College during the three-month award window. Proof of enrollment must be provided when a recipient enrolls to receive the award.
- An endorsement form signed by a farmer, County Farm Bureau leader, agribusiness, or food processing business
- IAA Directors and employees of IFB, or their immediate family members, are not eligible to apply.
Awards will be made first-come, first-served and based on the Illinois Farm Bureau region where the student resides. Each cycle will award one scholarship to each region and one at-large scholarship will be awarded based on a lottery selection from those students who did not receive the scholarship for their region.
Applicants receiving the scholarship must provide proof of enrollment in a driver training program during the three-month award cycle. If a student does not provide proof of enrollment during that period, they will forfeit the scholarship. Payments will be made directly to the Community College where the student is enrolled to assist with the cost of the driver training program.
Window one will be open March 1-31, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training April 1 through June 30, 2022.
Window two will open June 1-30, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training July 1 through September 30, 2022.
Window three will open on September 1-30, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training October 1 through December 31, 2022.
Window four will open on December 1-31, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training January 1 to March 31, 2023.
Meet our Recipients
Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Recipients
In alignment with our mission to support Illinois farm families and the future of agriculture through education, the IAA Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 scholarship recipients.
Seventy-six students were selected to receive scholarships based on their academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and overall commitment to success. A total of $122,000 will be distributed to assist with tuition costs for the 2021-2022 school year. The Foundation received 345 applications this year, representing 85 counties from across the state of Illinois.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2021 Scholarship Recipients! It is an honor and a privilege to support deserving students through our diverse scholarship program.
Sara Timm, Marion County
Sara is from Iuka, IL. The daughter of Jason and Jennifer Timm, Sara will be a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Animal Science.
Sheridan Hank, Mercer County
The daughter of Jeff and Trisha Hank, Sheridan will be a sophomore majoring in AgriBusiness at Lake Land College. Sheridan is from Aledo, IL.
Lauren McMillan, Bureau County
Lauren is an Agricultural Leadership Education major who will be a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From Tiskilwa, IL, Lauren is the daughter of Kyle and Jodi McMillan.
Paige Van Dyke, Clay County
From Louisville, IL, Paige is the daughter of Jon and Katrina Van Dyke. Entering her sophomore year at Lake Land College, Paige is majoring in Agriculture Communications.
Taylor Hartke, Effingham County
In the Name of Robert F. Rouse:
Isaac Brockman, Grundy County
In the Name of Fletcher A. Gourley and Leonard Southwell:
Alexandra Johannes, Washington County
Alayna Scranton, Pike County
Mallory Ames, Champaign County
Carly Etter, Clinton County
Adelaide Harp, Mason County
Justin Huff, Jefferson County
Emma Lagerhausen, Effingham County
Ava Marshall, LaSalle County
Carlie Mettler, Madison County
Hannah Spangler, Fulton County
Makenna Green, Douglas County
Sydnee Shafer, Douglas County
Garrett Williams, Richland County
Austin Brockmann, Boone County
Seth Mitchell, Richland County
Maria Brockamp, Christian County
Penny Flood, Cumberland County
Ashley Hartman, Monroe County
Delaney Hemann, Macoupin County
Abbigail Kepp, Cumberland County
Christian Kessler, Shelby County
Ty Knodle, Montgomery County
Loren Koenigstein, Monroe County
Katie Newell, Jefferson County
Grace Rincker, Shelby County
Erin Anderson, Vermilion County
Caroline Gill, Peoria County
Riley Nebel, Lake County
Cole Fishel, Edwards County
Kelsey Knebel, Madison County
Sean Koch, Tazewell County
Nathan Lintker, Washington County
Alexis Polczynski, Washington County
Elizabeth Tesar, Wauzeka, Wisconsin
Olivia Turley, Macoupin County
Donald Watson, Richland County
Jake Wente, Cumberland County
Travis Wilke, Richland County
Ali Willenborg, Fayette County
Hunter Williamette, Faribault, Minnesota
Brodee McCormick, Menard County
Garrett Buerster, Clay County
Caden Cockburn, Williamson County
Mackenzie Harmon, Christian County
Kaitlin Huff, Jefferson County
Adam Loker, Wayne County
Chelsea Ochs, Richland County
Joseph Birrittier, Monroe County
Callie McClay, Washington County
Shana Lueking, Clinton County
Rachel Maue, Clinton County
Amanda Travis, Clinton County
Kiley Tate, Cass County
Undergraduate Scholarship $1,500:
Jordyn Gerlach, Montgomery County
Veterinary Medicine Scholarship $3,000:
Tess Cummings, Iroquois County
Jacob Henderson, Tazewell County
Thomas Stamberger, Bureau County
Sarah Fisher, Lake County
Maggie Rutkowski, Lake County
Scholarships for Incoming Freshman $1,000:
Emily Brooks, Whiteside County
Jenna Spangler, Fulton County
Scholarships for Incoming Juniors $2,500:
Sophia Hortin, Champaign County
Sarah Stevens, Peoria County
Hope Gillaspie, Edgar County
Calista Heiser, Edgar County
Sanita Baer, Tazewell County
Olivia Charles, Carroll County
Abigail Hoeft, McLean County
Colby Steber, Richland County
Michelle Cooney, Whiteside County
Establish a Scholarship
Interested in establishing a scholarship? Let's work together!
We administer scholarships on behalf of agricultural partners and Farm Bureau families who wish to support future generations and help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce. Scholarships can also be a meaningful way to pay tribute to a loved one. Each donor relationship is unique, so let's connect to find out how we can make your charitable wishes a reality.