Application Period is Now Closed


You're taking an important step to future success!  

The 2020 IAA Foundation Scholarship program's application period has closed. The 2020 program proudly offered 76 awards totaling $118,000 in support. We are grateful to present these opportunities to students on behalf of many generous donors.  

Applications for the 2021 program will be available beginning January 1, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The application period runs December 1 to February 1 each year. All elements of the application must be completed/submitted by midnight on February 1. 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 ACT?

If you have not taken the ACT use an online conversion calculator to convert your SAT score.

How does the endorsement work? Is it required?

These points are optional. Enter the email of the County Farm Bureau Manager that you want to have complete your endorsement. The Manager will receive an email with instructions to endorse your application. Once they complete the process, your application status page will change from “in-progress” to “complete”. This MUST be completed by the February 1 deadline to finalize your application. If Farm Bureau membership is NOT a requirement for your scholarship, not completing this portion will not affect your score. Please plan accordingly to give your County Farm Bureau Manager ample time to complete this step.

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