Application Period Opens January 1, 2021

 

You're taking an important step to future success!  

Applications for the 2021 scholarship program will be available beginning January 1, 2021. The link to the online application will be posted here on January 1.

The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships to Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. The IAA Foundation is pleased to administer scholarships on behalf of agricultural partners and families who wish to support future generations and help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce in Illinois while supporting farming communities. 

The 2021 IAA Foundation Scholarship program offers 77 awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,500. While applicants may apply for multiple awards, they can only receive one scholarship. Certain scholarships may have more specific requirements.   

 

VIEW THE 2021 SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

 

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
Applicants can be a previous recipient of an IAA Foundation scholarship, though certain scholarships restrict the number of times an applicant can be a recipient. All applicants must be a high school graduate or be graduating in 2021 and must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, community college or trade school.
Applicants may not be a spouse, child, sibling, grandchild, son-in-law, or daughter in-law of an IAA Foundation trustee, employee, or current member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. *Please see each scholarship for specific requirements, limitations, and guidelines.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
In addition to the eligibility guidelines, the following is considered in selecting recipients:

  1. Academic Performance (30%)
  2. Activities and Leadership (40%)  
  3. Financial plan (10%)     
  4. Personal Statements (20%)        

TERMS
All scholarship funds are sent to the designated institution prior to the beginning of the academic year. Funds are applied by the institution to fund tuition, room and board and books. Scholarship recipients are not restricted from pursuing and accepting other forms of financial aid, assistantship, or tuition waivers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply? When do I know if I received a scholarship?

The application period runs January 1 to February 15 each year. All elements of the application must be completed/submitted by 11:59 pm on February 15. Recipients are announced on our website and in FarmWeek, the weekly Illinois Farm Bureau news publication, on or around May 1. Letters/emails are sent to both recipients and non-recipients before the announcement.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship and how do I know what I am eligible for?

You can apply for multiple scholarships, but you can only receive one per year. Please carefully read general and specific eligibility for each scholarship on this website and within the application. Within the application you will select the scholarships you want to apply for. Your response to certain questions will help determine if you are in fact eligible. You must complete all elements of the application to be eligible for review.

Can I save the application and work on it later? Can I make changes after I submit?

Once you have started the online application, you may save and continue your work at a later time. Use the same login and password that you created to access the site. We encourage bookmarking the application site. Click on “Save and Next” located at the bottom of every section. NOTE: Once you click “Save and Finalize” you can no longer make edits. Ensure all information is complete and accurate prior to finalizing. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

How are transcripts accepted?

Official transcripts are not required. All copies should be uploaded directly into the application in one of the accepted file formats. If you are entering as a Freshman, you must include a copy of your high school transcript. If you are entering as a Sophomore, submit your high school and college transcript. If you are entering as a Junior, Senior or Graduate level college student, only your college transcript is required. If you attended more than one college before you received your degree, submit transcripts from all schools attended.

What if I have not taken the SAT/ACT?

With the majority of colleges not requiring the SAT/ACT for admission for the Fall 2021, we have made this an optional field on our application. We encourage you to enter your score if you did take either test. 

Are all signatures required?

If you are over 18, your parents do not need to sign the application release. The second signature request allows IAA Foundation to use quotes from your essay, general statistical data, and/or photo. You are not required to say YES to the second consent, and it has no bearing on your ability to receive a scholarship.

If I do receive a scholarship, when will the checks be sent out? Where are they sent?

Scholarship checks will be sent directly to the recipient’s school by the first week in July and will be equally split between both semesters. Under absolutely no circumstances will we issue a check directly to a recipient.

What if I still have questions?

Information is available at your county Farm Bureau office, by calling the IAA Foundation office at 309-557-2232, or by emailing jsmith@ilfb.org

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