2013 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
To provide college scholarships to Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who
major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability, leadership and/or financial need. The program's major purpose is to help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce in Illinois.
In addition, 12 scholarships will be awarded to children of patrons and employees of Prairie Farms Dairy.
Also, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to junior-level college students majoring in a crop science discipline or crop production at selected Illinois universities, and who are pursuing graduate school and a career in soybean research.
Applicants may have been the recipient of a previous IAA Foundation scholarship. All applicants must meet the following general criteria to be considered for an IAA Foundation Scholarship. Please see each scholarship for specific requirements, limitations, and guidelines.
1. Must be a high school graduate or graduating in 2013
2. Must be an Illinois Farm Bureau member, spouse of member, or
member's child (except for Prairie Farms and Illinois Soybean Association scholarships)
3. Must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college,
university, community college or trade school majoring in agriculture, agribusiness or a closely related field (except for Ratermann and Prairie Farms scholarships)
4. Must exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study
5. Must be a resident of Illinois (except for Prairie Farms Scholarships)
6. May not be a spouse, child, brother, sister,· grandchild, son-in-law, or daughter
in-law of an IAA Foundation trustee or employee
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - Only one application form needed for #1 - #10 .
Applicants may apply for' more than one, but can only receive one of the following scholarships. In addition to the above guidelines, specific requirements for each scholarship' are listed below.
1. IAA Foundation General Scholarship (A total of six scholarships awarded)- Three $7,500
General scholarships will be awarded to students ·accepted for enrollment or enrolled at an accredited
college, university, or community college in the state of Illinois. ·Another two $1,000 scholarships in the name of Fletcher A. Gourley and Leonard Southwell (one each), and a $1,100 scholarship in the name of Robert F. Rouse will be awarded. All must major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field.
2 . Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership Scholarship (One $7,500 scholarship awarded) For matriculating college juniors (60 credit hours minimum) or transfer students beginning their junior year at a four year university in Illinois with an active agriculture college or department (UIUC, SIU, ISU, WIU). Major must be in a field related to the direct support of the agriculture industry, and student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above. Priority will be given to an individual who is actively engaged in Illinois Farm Bureau activities. Applicant must submit 500 word essay describing their vision for the future
of agriculture and how they plan to contribute through the qualities & experiences in leadership that they possess.
3. Dorothy and Wilhelmine Ratermann Memorial Scholarship (Twenty $1,000 scholarships awarded)- Open to any major, recipients must be a son or daughter of an Illinois Farm Bureau member, and a resident of an Illinois county south of, and including, Calhoun, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Shelby, Cumberland, and Clark.
4. Robert F. Rouse Scholarship (Three $1,100 scholarships awarded)- Open to all Illinois residents, however priority will be given to the son or daughter of a Lake County resident who is a U:S. citizen and attends ail accredited post-:secondary institution in the state of Illinois. Major must be in·
agriculture or agriculture· related fields, or ·nursing.' ·· · · · ·
5. William J Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship (One $1,000 scholarship awarded)- Awarded to a
student attending an accredited post-secondary institution in the State of Illinois from an agricultural
background or working toward an occupation in or related to the field of agriculture. Must be a U.S. citizen.
6. Greg Carney Scholarship (One $1,500 scholarship awarded)- For a University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) student who is actively involved in production agriculture in a family farming operation and is a current or former active member of 4-H. Student must be enrolled as an agriculture major.
7. Dale E. Butz Scholarship (One $1,000 scholarship awarded)- For a post-secondary student with a background in production agriculture who is majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or agriculture related field. ·
8.llinois Award Scholarship (One $1,000 scholarship awarded)- For graduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution and majoring in agriculture or an agriculture related field. Priority will be given to students from Cass, Morgan, Stark and Henry counties.
9.Walter J. and Martha J. Wills (One $1,200 scholarship to be awarded)- Must be a student at Southern Illinois University with a major in any agriculture program except equine, floriculture, or forestry whose parents live on and operate a farm. Must be a U.S. citizen.
10. Heartland NAMA Steven A Hammerschmidt Memorial Scholarship (Two $1,000 scholarships
awarded) -For junior or senior level college student majoring in agriculture or agribusiness, who is interested in a career in agriculture marketing, sales or communications. Must be a U.S. citizen. One scholarship will be awarded to an Illinois State University student, and one scholarship will be awarded to a University of Illinois student. Applicants must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words on Why I Want a Career in Agriculture.
11. Illinois Soybean Association Crop Science Scholarships (Up to ten $4,000 scholarships awarded)- For students (60+ hours) beginning their junior level or transfer students enrolled at one of the approved universities (ISU, SIU, WIU, UIUC) as a junior whose major is crop production or a crop science discipline (breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed management, crop management) with an
emphasis on soybeans. Awardees will be encouraged to find on-campus and summer employment in soybean research and follow a career path that leads to graduate school and a career in soybean research. Note: Illinois Farm Bureau membership is not required. This scholarship requires a separate Illinois Soybean Association application form.
12. Fletcher A. Gourley, Leonard Southwell and Roger Capps Memorial Scholarships (Twelve
$2,000 scholarships awarded) - Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to children of current Prairie Farms Dairy patrons, and six similar scholarships will be awarded to sons and daughters of current Prairie Farms Dairy employees. Students may major in any field of study. A minimum of three years as a patron or employee is required. To be eligible, the parent must have been an employee or patron on or before February 1, 2010. Note: Illinois Farm Bureau membership is not required. This scholarship requires a separate Prairie Farms Dairy application form.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
In addition to eligibility guidelines, the following will be considered in selecting recipients:
1. Scholarship- 30%
- Academic performance and honors
- ACT score or SAT score
2. Activities and Leadership- 30% (ISA scholarship-15%)
3. Financial need and evidence of self-help (How the student is contributing financially to his/her education)- 10% (ISA scholarship-S%)
4. Strength of Personal Statement- 20% (ISA scholarship-40%)
5. Strength of References- 10%
6. Exceptional Circumstances- up to +10% (except ISA scholarship)
7. Demonstrated interest in agriculture and agribusiness- reflected in higher scoring of activities and leadership, personal statement, and references (excludes Ratermann and Prairie Farms scholarships)
All scholarship funds will be sent to the university, college, community college or trade school prior to the beginning of the academic year. These funds will be applied toward the student's tuition, room and board and books by the institution. Scholarship recipients are not restricted from pursuing and accepting other forms of financial aid, assistantship, or tuition waivers.
Applications, guidelines, and an activities template are available as Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents on the IAA Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org
along with a full listing of eligibility requirements and a FAQ section. For additional information please contact Carol Harms-Garman, charms firstname.lastname@example.org or call the IAA Foundation office at 309.557.2230.
The application period will be from December 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013. Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked on or before February 1, 2013. Supporting materials may be sent separately but must be postmarked by the deadline.