Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation.
Seventy four scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $177,800 for the 2014-2015 school year.
"We are pleased to help students through our growing scholarship program, which offers a wide variety of support to farm families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, and to those pursuing careers in agriculture " 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 three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, where winners will each receive $7,500 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner. New this year is a $1,000 scholarship for a Western Illinois University student.
Students studying crop science and pursuing a masters degree related to research are eligible for the Illinois Soybean Association Crop Science Scholarships. Ten $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to junior level majors. Recipients are then eligible for an additional $4,000 in this renewable program, providing a total of $8,000 for his or her junior and senior year of college.
Twenty five $1,200 scholarships are available to students from specific southern Illinois counties as part of the Dorothy and Wilhelmine Ratermann Memorial Scholarships.
Twelve Prairie Farms Dairy scholarships each worth $2,000 are available to patrons and employees of the company. New this year, an additional two $1,000 scholarships are available to producers affiliated with the St. Louis District Dairy Council.
An additional 10 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, are available to students that meet certain criteria, including area of study, place of residence, previous 4-H experience and college or university attended.
Students receiving IAA Foundation Scholarships who are enrolled in the Agriculture Department at Illinois State University or Southern Illinois University may be eligible for additional scholarship funds from the University. This partnership furthers the IAA Foundation's effort to encourage top students to continue their education at an Illinois institution.
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, and application documents are available at the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org, starting Dec. 1, 2013. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2014.
For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.