Foundation Scholars Program

The objective of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation is to communicate the critical importance of agriculture to our community. Through our Foundation Scholars Program we are proud to support students with the knowledge, passion and motivation to lead our 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, 2021.
  • 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. (Please save/title your photo with your name)
  • Current academic information. This will include cumulative and fall 2020 grade point averages and proof of ACT score (HS Seniors).

This year’s application process has changed! A 15 minute in person or zoom interview will be a required portion of the application. Applications will not be judged until your interview is complete. Applicants can sign up for an interview time while completing their application. 

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 2021. 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
kirk@ccfarmbureau.com
Office: 217-352-5235
Cell: 217-621-5405


2021 Scholarship Application

Due IN FULL by 11:59 P.M. Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • (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 (15 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. (Please save or title the photo with your name)
  • APPLICATION QUESTIONS (25 points)

    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?
  • INTERVIEW (30 points)

    A 15-minute, in-person or Zoom interview will be held the week of February 8th in the afternoon hours. Please sign up for an interview time below. Interview times are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your application will not be judged if you fail to appear for an interview.

    *The interview committee and CCFB Foundation will make reasonable accommodations to complete this interview. Any requests to reschedule an interview must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled interview time.

    Use this link to sign up for an interview time.

    More information regarding your interview will be sent to your email address after February 1st.
  • TOTAL APPLICATION — 100 points

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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.