Champaign County Students Accept AFA Scholarships

Agriculture Future of America(AFA), in partnership with the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, announces two local students to receive a one-year AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship. These scholarships are presented to students pursuing four-year degrees in agriculture and related degree programs.

Adam Crites is a Rantoul Township High School graduate. He is a 2019 AFA Scholarship recipient. Adam is the son of James and Nicole Crites of Rantoul.

Adam Crites, a graduate of Rantoul Township High School, plans to attend Illinois Central College to study Agriculture.

Sophia Hortin, a graduate of Fisher High School, plans to attend the University of Illinois to study Agricultural Education.

In addition to $3,200 in academic scholarship, Adam and Sophia will attend the AFA Leaders Conference November 7-10, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. This event is attended by over 800 top agriculture students from across the nation.

Sophia Hortin, a Fisher High School graduate has accepted a 2019 AFA Scholarship from the CCFB Foundation. Sophia is the daughter of Mark and Shanna Hortin of Fisher, IL.

AFA partners with organizations like the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation to provide scholarships and intern opportunities to students who are actively pursuing careers in an agriculture-related industry. It is through partnerships such as these that the needs of youth are met, intern opportunities are created, scholarship dollars are allotted and leader skills are enhanced.

AFA, founded in the fall of 1996 by the late R. Crosby Kemper Jr., is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to enhancing the education and leader potential of rural youth in the Midwest region through community-based scholarships, AFA provides leader and career development training and internship assistance to college students across the country. For more information about AFA, visit

The CCFB Foundation brings knowledge and understanding of agriculture through the Ag in the Classroom program, and by providing scholarships to future ag leaders. Founded in 1985, the CCFB Foundation has presented over $940,000 in scholarship funds to Champaign County students pursuing degrees in agriculture, or related fields of study. More information can be found at