1st Farm Credit Services Scholarship Programs
This financial institution is the largest agricultural lender in Illinois and is based in Normal, Illinois, serving the agricultural, credit, and financial needs of farmers who live and work in the northern 42 counties of rural America. This credit company offers annual scholarships programs to students who have shown involvement in agriculture. It is the credit company’s way of investing in the country’s future farmers and leaders of America’s rural communities. The following are the annual scholarships that the1st Farm Credit Services offers:
At the Heart of a Growing America-- Scholarship Program This scholarship awards $1,000 each to 24 deserving high school seniors, who are selected based on their community and agricultural involvement. Eligibility requirements include the high school senior’s acceptance into an agriculture related curriculum at any post secondary educational institution within the 42 counties serviced by the 1st Farm Credit Services. The high school senior is selected based on his academic achievement, involvement in community and agricultural youth organizations, and a brief essay. A panel of independent agribusiness, farm, education, and youth organization leaders selects the student who will be awarded this scholarship. For more information and submission of applications, interested applicants should get in touch with the local branch of the 1st Farm Credit Services in the student’s area or send their inquiries to Karen Blatter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community College Scholarship Programs-This scholarship program is offered at the following community colleges:
- Black Hawk College – East Campus,Keewanee
- Illinois Central College East Peoria
- Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby
- Highland Community College, Freeport
- Spoon River College, Canton
- Kishwaukee College, Malta
- John Wood Community College
- Perry and Joliet Junior College, Joliet.
The eligible student is entitled to a $500 scholarship award if they are accepted into any agriculture or agriculture related curriculum at any of the above-mentioned community colleges. Interested applicants should contact the financial aid office at this list of Community College Contact Information.
John Leatherbury Scholarship- Illinois State University- This scholarship is granted in partnership with the Illinois State University and the John Leatherbury Scholarship foundation. There is a $1,500 scholarship award to be granted to an agricultural major student whose academic performance merits the approval of the university. For more information about this scholarship, contact the Illinois State University Agriculture Department Agriculture@IllinoisState.edu or Phone: (309) 438-5654.
1st Farm Credit Services Scholarship, in partnership with the Western Illinois University (WIU), will award a $1,500 financial assistance to an agriculture major student enrolled at WUI in recognition of her academic performance. The university decides on the recipient of this award. For more information, get in touch with the Western Illinois University Agriculture Department, Knoblauch Hall 145, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390 or Phone: 309/298-1080