Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation. Fifty-six scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per year, will be awarded in total of $104,900 for the 2012-2013 school year.
"We are pleased to assist students with the ever-growing expenses of college," says Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation. "It is a great privilege to support our next generation of leaders, and encourage continuing education in agricultural fields."
Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including the Illinois Soybean Association Crop Science Scholarships, which are new this year. Ten $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in crop science at an Illinois university. The university must offer an agricultural course of study with a major in crop production or crop science discipline and must provide an emphasis on soybeans.
Six IAA Foundation scholarships, awarding between $3,000 and $1,000, are available and may be used at any accredited university, college or community college in the nation for the study of agriculture, agribusiness or an agriculture-related major.
An additional 40 scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $1,000, are available to students that meet certain criteria, including area of study, place of residence, previous 4-H experience and college or university attended.
All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.
A full listing of available scholarships, eligibility guidelines, applications and an activities template are available at the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org, starting Dec. 1, 2011. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2012.For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230, or e-mail [email protected]