Ag-Related Scholarships for Local Students

Posted: January 31, 2023

Check out these college scholarships for students studying agriculture

DeKalb County SWCD Scholarships

The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides scholarship opportunities for 2023. Scholarship information and applications are posted on their website under the News/Events tab.

Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship – The Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students enrolled fulltime at an accredited two or four-year community college, or university, which will lead to a career in a natural resource field.

The scholarship will be awarded in amounts up to $1,000. Scholarship money may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for courses.

Application deadline is Feb.15.

Mail application to: Winnebago County SWCD, 4833 Owen Center Rd. Rockford IL 61101-6007 or email

Simonson Scholarship – The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District will be awarding one DeKalb County high school graduating senior with a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is intended to help a student that is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, the environment, or land use.

Criteria for the scholarship includes: resident of DeKalb County, high school graduating senior, and enrolled as a full-time freshman at a college.

The Simonson Scholarship is offered by the DeKalb County SWCD to recognize the Simonson family’s commitment in support of agriculture and the environment, and in the promotion of sound land use practices.

Deadline for application is March 31.

For more information regarding scholarships, please call the DeKalb County SWCD Office at 815-756-3234, ext. 3.

Compeer Scholarships

Compeer Financial is now accepting applications for its High School Senior Scholarship program.
Graduating high school seniors selected for the Compeer Scholarships will be awarded $1,500 scholarships.

The Compeer Financial Scholarship Program is designed for students who will major in agriculture or an agriculture-related field, or have an agricultural or rural background. Students who plan on attending a college, university or technical school are eligible.

To qualify, graduating seniors must live in Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory and have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of academic achievement, agricultural and community youth organization involvement and essays.

To apply, students should visit to download the application form.

Applications must be received by March 15.

DeKalb County 4-H Scholarship

The DeKalb County 4-H Foundation offers a scholarship for current or past DeKalb County 4-H members. Applicants must be high school seniors or in an approved post-high school educational program (junior college, 4-year university, trade school, etc.).

The recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.

Apply at:

Applications are due April 28.

John Buck Memorial Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the John Buck Memorial Scholarship. High school students in DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Boone, Lake, DuPage or Will County are eligible to apply.

John Buck was the founder of Buck Brothers, Inc. and J.W. Turf, dealers and distributors of John Deere farm equipment and golf course maintenance equipment.

Two $1,500 scholarships will be given to a high school senior who will be pursuing a college education in an ag-related field.

Applications are available on the Kane County Farm Bureau website at or by contacting their Foundation at 630-584-8660.

The application deadline is Feb. 15.

AGCO Scholarships

AGCO is offering scholarships to college students in Illinois.

AGCO has five different scholarships ranging from $1,000-$2,500 for ag students.

Applications are available on the Kane County Farm Bureau website: or by contacting their Foundation at 630-584-8660.

Application deadline is Feb. 15.