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Farm Credit Scholarships Available In 2016

High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $1,500 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Twenty-four scholarships will be given in 2016 with two recipients designated as “Urban Agriculture Scholars.”

Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career. Applicants must be high school seniors

enrolling in a college or university during the 2016 fall semester to pursue an agriculture-related academic major and career.

Applicants must reside in – or immediate family must farm in – one of 60 central and southern counties in Illinois served by FCI.

Recipients will receive an initial $1,000 credit on their college student account for the fall 2016 semester and an additional $500 will be paid in the fall 2018 semester to students who continue to pursue an agricultural degree.

Farm Credit Illinois is also inviting 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters organizing projects to apply for a $250 Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grant.

Up to sixty $250 grants will be awarded to assist youth members in bringing positive change to their local community. Clubs should choose a project that delivers tangible value where the outcome is visible. Farm Credit encourages collaboration with other local organizations to develop and complete the improvement project.

Online applications for the scholarship and grant programs are available at and must be submitted by Feb. 29, 2016. Questions or requests for additional information may be sent to