Best Buy Scholarship Program

The Best Buy Company awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500.  Applicants will initially be evaluated on their level of volunteer service, as well as the student’s academic achievement, work experience, school activities, statement of goals, and an outside appraisal.  Financial need is not considered.  The first 15,000 applicants will be considered.  Applications are available here.

Fletcher A Gourley Scholarship

Four $1,750 scholarships will be awarded.  Two to children of current patrons (defined as a producer who sells milk to Prairie Farms Dairy) of the Prairie Farms Dairy and two to children of current employees of the Prairie Farms Dairy.  The scholarship is awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need.  Apply here.

Dale E. Butz Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicant must have a background in production agriculture that is majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field.  the scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholastic ability and financial need.  Apply here.

Greg Carney Scholarship

One or two $750 minimum scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants must attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and major in agriculture, be actively involved in production agriculture in a family farm operation, and be a current or former 4-H member.  Apply here.  This scholarship has a February deadline.

William J. Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship

One $1,200 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicants must attend a post-secondary institution in the state of Illinois (including junior colleges and trade schools) and working toward an occupation in an ag-related field.  Preference is given to students from an agriculture background.  Apply here.  This scholarship has a February deadline.

Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship

This program is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.  Leaders and Achievers, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership.  To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers students are awarded one-time scholarships, with a base award of $1,000.  Students who are interested to be nominated for this scholarship need to turn in a resume or information for recommendation sheet to the counseling office specifically highlighting community service involvement and leadership abilities through high school experience.  Deadline is November 18, 2016.

Martha J. and Walter J. Wills Scholarship

One $300 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicant’s parents must be Illinois Farm Bureau members who live on and operate a farm and must attend Southern Illinois University College of Agriculture majoring in any course except horses, floriculture, or forestry.  Apply here.

IAA Foundation Scholarships

The IAA Foundation is awarding several scholarships for students who will major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an agriculture-related course of study in college.  These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need.  Applicants must be either a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, spouse or the member’s child.  Applications will be available in December.  Apply here.  This scholarship has a February deadline.