Student Scholarships

Education is an investment. 

Our farming community bands together each year to make this important investment in the next generation: bolstering their future and inspiring greatness!  

Student scholarships are one meaningful way the IAA Foundation, our donors, and partners are impacting the future of agriculture. Our scholarships support agriculture majors, Illinois Farm Bureau members, and those wishing to strengthen rural communities. 

Looking to apply for a scholarship?  

Each year our college scholarship application period runs January 1 to February 15. You can check back here at that time to find a full listing of scholarships available, as well as the link to apply online. 

Additionally, the links to your left will direct you to our Truck Driving Scholarship and Fellowship offerings. 

 

 

 

 

Apply for College Scholarships

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 jsmith@ilfb.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.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Illinois resident
  2. 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.
  3. An endorsement form signed by a farmer, County Farm Bureau leader, agribusiness, or food processing business
  4. IAA Directors and employees of IFB, or their immediate family members, are not eligible to apply.

Awards
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.

Application Windows 
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

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

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

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

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

Taylor Hartke, Effingham County

In the Name of Robert F. Rouse:

Isaac Brockman

Isaac Brockman, Grundy County 

 

In the Name of Fletcher A. Gourley and Leonard Southwell:

Alexandra Johannes

Alexandra Johannes, Washington County

Alayna Scranton

Alayna Scranton, Pike County

Mallory Ames

Mallory Ames, Champaign County

 

Carly Etter

Carly Etter, Clinton County

 

Adelaide Harp

Adelaide Harp, Mason County

 

Justin Huff

Justin Huff, Jefferson County

 

Emma Lagerhausen

Emma Lagerhausen, Effingham County 

 

Ava Marshall

Ava Marshall, LaSalle County

 

Carlie Mettler

Carlie Mettler, Madison County

 

Hannah Spangler

Hannah Spangler, Fulton County

Makenna Green

Makenna Green, Douglas County

 

Sydnee Shafer

Sydnee Shafer, Douglas County

Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams, Richland County 

 

Austin Brockmann

Austin Brockmann, Boone County

Seth Mitchell

Seth Mitchell, Richland County 

Maria Brockamp

Maria Brockamp, Christian County

 

Penny Flood

Penny Flood, Cumberland County

 

Ashley Hartman

Ashley Hartman, Monroe County 

 

Delaney Hemann

Delaney Hemann, Macoupin County

 

Abbigail Kepp

Abbigail Kepp, Cumberland County

 

Christian Kessler

Christian Kessler, Shelby County 

 

Ty Knodle

Ty Knodle, Montgomery County 

 

Loren Koenigstein

Loren Koenigstein, Monroe County

 

Katie Newell

Katie Newell, Jefferson County 

 

Grace Rincker

Grace Rincker, Shelby County

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson, Vermilion County

Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill, Peoria County

Riley Nebel

Riley Nebel, Lake County

Cole Fishel

Cole Fishel, Edwards County

 

Kelsey Knebel

Kelsey Knebel, Madison County

 

Sean Koch

Sean Koch, Tazewell County

 

Nathan Lintker

Nathan Lintker, Washington County

 

Alexis Polczynski

Alexis Polczynski, Washington County

 

Elizabeth Tesar

Elizabeth Tesar, Wauzeka, Wisconsin

 

Olivia Turley

Olivia Turley, Macoupin County 

 

Donald Watson

Donald Watson, Richland County

 

Jake Wente

Jake Wente, Cumberland County

 

Travis Wilke

Travis Wilke, Richland County

 

Ali Willenborg

Ali Willenborg, Fayette County

 

Hunter Williamette

Hunter Williamette, Faribault, Minnesota

Brodee McCormick

Brodee McCormick, Menard County

Garrett Buerster

Garrett Buerster, Clay County

Caden Cockburn

Caden Cockburn, Williamson County

 

Mackenzie Harmon

Mackenzie Harmon, Christian County

 

Kaitlin Huff

Kaitlin Huff, Jefferson County

 

Adam Loker

Adam Loker, Wayne County

 

Chelsea Ochs

Chelsea Ochs, Richland County 

Joseph Birrittier

Joseph Birrittier, Monroe County

 

Callie McClay

Callie McClay, Washington County

Shana Lueking

Shana Lueking, Clinton County

 

Rachel Maue

Rachel Maue, Clinton County

 

Amanda Travis

Amanda Travis, Clinton County 

Kiley Tate

Kiley Tate, Cass County 

Undergraduate Scholarship $1,500:

Jordyn Gerlach

Jordyn Gerlach, Montgomery County

 

 

Veterinary Medicine Scholarship $3,000:

Tess Cummings

Tess Cummings, Iroquois County

Jacob Henderson

Jacob Henderson, Tazewell County

Thomas Stamberger

Thomas Stamberger, Bureau County 

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher, Lake County

Maggie Rutkowski

Maggie Rutkowski, Lake County 

Scholarships for Incoming Freshman $1,000:

Emily Brooks

Emily Brooks, Whiteside County

 

Jenna Spangler

Jenna Spangler, Fulton County

 

Scholarships for Incoming Juniors $2,500:

Sophia Hortin

Sophia Hortin, Champaign County

 

Sarah Stevens

Sarah Stevens, Peoria County

Hope Gillaspie

Hope Gillaspie, Edgar County

 

Calista Heiser

Calista Heiser, Edgar County

Sanita Baer

Sanita Baer, Tazewell County

 

Olivia Charles

Olivia Charles, Carroll County

 

Abigail Hoeft

Abigail Hoeft, McLean County

 

Colby Steber

Colby Steber, Richland County

Michelle Cooney

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.

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