Support Increased to the Future of Agriculture and Healthy Rural Communities

High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Twenty-four scholarships will be given in 2017 with two recipients designated as “Urban Agriculture Scholars.”

Scholarship amounts increased from $1,500 to $2,000 for 2017. Recipients are selected 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 2017 semester and an additional $1,000 will be paid in the fall 2019 semester to students who continue to pursue an agricultural degree.

Farm Credit Illinois also invites 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters organizing projects to apply for a $400 Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grant.

FCI Scholarship and Grant Programs

Grant dollars increased from $250 to $400 for 2017. Up to fifty $400 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. 27. Questions or requests for additional information may be sent to

Farm Credit was created with one special mission – to support rural communities and agriculture – and that extends beyond financial services,” says Tom Tracy, FCI President & CEO. “The Agriculture Scholarship program promotes positive opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders who will shape the future of agriculture while the Community Improvement Grant program helps local clubs and chapters make positive and tangible contributions to the health of Rural America.”

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