Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarships

You're driving agriculture's success!  

Truck drivers are critical for transporting farm commodities, inputs, and food throughout our state and nation. Without truck drivers, the entire supply chain breaks down. The Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship Program, funded by the Illinois Farm Bureau, offsets the cost of required commercial truck driver training and ensures more well-trained, safe drivers are available to drive agriculture forward.  

The IAA Foundation is pleased to offer 20 $1,000 awards to students enrolled at a Community College Truck Driver Training in 2022.

Once available, the application link will be posted HERE.

Eligibility Requirements
1. Illinois resident
2. Enrolled in or planning to enroll in a commercial driving training program at an Illinois Community College during the three-month award window. Proof of enrollment must be provided when a recipient enrolls to receive the award.
3. An endorsement form signed by a farmer, County Farm Bureau leader, agribusiness, or food processing business
4. IAA Directors and employees of IFB, or their immediate family members, are not eligible to apply.

Awards will be made first-come, first-served and based on the Illinois Farm Bureau region where the student resides. Each cycle will award one scholarship to each region and one at-large scholarship will be awarded based on a lottery selection from those students who did not receive the scholarship for their region.

Applicants receiving the scholarship must provide proof of enrollment in a driver training program during the three-month award cycle. If a student does not provide proof of enrollment during that period, they will forfeit the scholarship. Payments will be made directly to the Community College where the student is enrolled to assist with the cost of the driver training program.

Application Windows 
Window one will be open March 1-31, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training April 1 through June 30, 2022.

Window two will open June 1-30, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training July 1 through September 30, 2022.

Window three will open on September 1-30, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training October 1 through December 31, 2022.

Window four will open on December 1-31, 2022, for applicants enrolling in driver training January 1 to March 31, 2023.