Foundation Scholars Program

The objective of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation is to provide educational opportunities that impact the future of the food and agricultural industry throughout Champaign County. Through our Foundation Scholars Program, we are proud to support students with the knowledge, passion and motivation to make a difference in the agricultural industry.

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Have been a resident of Champaign County while enrolled in high school, or be a graduate of a high school located in Champaign County
  • Have been accepted for enrollment, or be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university. A full-time student will be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Majoring in an agricultural related field of study, leading to a career which impacts the agricultural industry.
  • Applicants must maintain successful grade point average.
  • COMPLETE applications should be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Friday, January 31, 2020.
  • Any application submitted incomplete or after the deadline will not be considered.

NOTE: A complete application will include the attachment of the following:

  • A senior portrait or current headshot photo.
  • Current academic information. This will include cumulative and fall 2019 grade point averages and proof of ACT score (HS Seniors).
  • Two references have submitted positive recommendations using the forms found on the CCFB Foundation website. Scholarship Recommendation Form

Successful candidates will be awarded a scholarship of no less than $1,000. The number of awards extended and their respective values are at the discretion of the CCFB Foundation Board of Directors.

Awards will be announced in spring 2020. Scholarship funds will be released directly to scholar’s college or university in the fall semester unless otherwise noted by the CCFB Foundation.

Please contact the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation with any questions:

Kirk Builta, Executive Director
801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61821
Office: 217-352-5235
Cell: 217-621-5405

2020 Scholarship Application

Due IN FULL by 11:59 P.M. Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Section Break

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • (Used only to deposit scholarship funds into your student account)
  • (Please notify the CCFB Foundation should you choose to attend a college or university other than that specified above.)
  • ACADEMICS (30 points)

  • High School Seniors - Please attach to this application a certified transcript confirming GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT score. College Students - Please attach to this application your most recent transcript.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png.
    Please provide a professional senior picture or formal headshot.

    In the space provided, please answer the following: Please provide examples of the five most meaningful/influential activities in which you have participated. Using the space provided explain how or why these experiences impacted your personal growth. Examples could be from academic, school or campus activities, clubs, athletics, church or faith-based initiatives, hobbies, family, community involvement, work history, or any other influential life experience. (5 points each)
  • ESSAY (30 points)

    The CCFB Foundation’s vision statement is to communicate the critical importance of agriculture in our community. How do you plan to help communicate the importance of agriculture to your community as a college student, and eventually as an agribusiness leader?
  • REFERENCES (15 points)

    References must use the reference form provided by the CCFB Foundation. This form can be found here. A complete application will include two (2) completed reference forms.
  • TOTAL APPLICATION — 100 points

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Helpful Tip – We have had a few issues with the “Save and Continue Later” function of our application.  We recommend that applicants write and save your essay questions in a word document so that they can be copied into the application when you are ready to submit.