The Foundation supports agricultural programs aimed at:
SCHOLARSHIP: To provide for persons studying agriculture and agriculture-related fields including but not limited to education, vet medicine, and leadership development.
EDUCATION: To encourage, promote and fund the design, development, and distribution of educational and instructional materials, programs and seminars to provide improved instruction about agriculture, horticulture and their related fields including but not limited to programs for students and young adults such as FFA, ALOT, and Ag in the Classroom.
LEADERSHIP: To provide, fund or conduct seminars and schools for educational and scientific leadership purposed in the field of agriculture and its related disciplines.
RESEARCH: To encourage, promote and fund education and research designed to improve agriculture.
Anyone can contribute to the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation. By becoming a partner with the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation, your tax-deductible contribution will directly fund agriculture education projects.
The Foundation will accept charitable contributions of money, property, and securities. Special memorials and endowments will also be accepted allowing for the establishment of ongoing programs in the memory of a family member or other loved one while at the same time providing for needed and worthwhile programs.
The Foundation is administered by the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation directors are appointed by the Bureau County Farm Bureau.
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The Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation is pleased to announce that they are offering scholarships to area students majoring in agriculture. Over the last twenty-three years, the Foundation has awarded $84,250 to deserving college students. Last year alone the Foundation distributed $8,250 to area students.
Again this year is a graduate student scholarship, which will benefit Bureau County students further their education in agriculture. Application requirements are the same as the general scholarship.
In addition to the scholarship program, the Foundation also helps local teachers with agricultural classroom programs. As well as help fund a Summer Ag Institute for teachers. The Summer Ag Institute teaches teachers about agriculture and how they can incorporate agriculture into their lesson plans for their classroom.
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be a Bureau County Farm Bureau member or a dependent of a Bureau County Farm Bureau member and must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.
Applications are available in the links below or by contacting the guidance counselors at school systems in Bureau County, the Ag advisor at the school, advisors at state colleges and universities or by contacting the Bureau County Farm Bureau office. Applications are also available by e-mail if you contact the Farm Bureau office.
Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2018. If the application will be hand-delivered to the office, it must be in the office by 4:00 p.m., February 28, 2018. For more information or to receive an application contact the Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6468.
General Scholarships are open to any Bureau County Farm Bureau member or dependent majoring in an agricultural related field at a Jr. College, Trade School, College or University. Check back in December for 2018 Applications.
Graduate Scholarships are open to any Bureau County Farm Bureau member or dependent enrolled in a graduate program relating to an agricultural field of work. Check back in December for 2018 applications.
To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be listed as a dependent of an Illinois Farm Bureau member and meet the requirements listed on the website.
Be sure to check out the available scholarships through the IAA Foundation Scholarship Program at www.iaafoundation.org
The 2020 scholarship applications will be released in December 2019.