Farm Bureau Scholarships Available

January 28, 2021

Applications are now available for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation High School Senior Scholarships.

The Foundation will grant 10 scholarships to deserving high school seniors pursuing a college education. High school seniors who will be attending a two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in the fall of 2021 are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, a student’s immediate family must have been a member in good standing of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau continuously since 2019.

Scholarship selection is based on academics, leadership, and community service. The scholarship award is for a total of $1,200 for the freshman year of college.

The application form is available at: Students will need to complete the application and submit online. A high school transcript and academic information is also required from high school counselors. 

The complete application is due by Friday, March 19.

Celebrating 65 Years of Senior Scholarships

This year marks the 65th year of awarding Farm Bureau High School Senior Scholarships.

Back in 1956, Farm Bureau awarded five scholarships of $110 each to students attending Northern Illinois State College (NIU) – Janet McKenzie, DeKalb; Phyllis Kuppler, Somonauk; Janice Olson, Waterman; Kalah Olson, Shabbona; and Richard Bark, Sandwich.

This year, 10 high school seniors will be selected to receive DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation’s Senior Scholarship of $1,200 each to apply towards tuition at colleges of their choice.

In 65 years Farm Bureau has awarded 1,160 scholarships to high school seniors. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academics, leadership and community service by a Scholarship Committee.

IAA offers scholarships

Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 77 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm.

The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $123,000 for the 2021-2022 school year.

All applicants must be current high school seniors or students already enrolled at an accredited college or university. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academics, leadership experiences and community involvement.

Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.

A full listing of available scholarships and eligibility guidelines is available on the Foundation website, The application must be completed online by Feb. 15.

For more information, contact the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2232, or e-mail Jennifer Smith at

Barshinger Scholarship for Indian Creek students

Joe Barshinger

Applications are now being accepted for the Joe Barshinger Ag Scholarship.

Last year, this scholarship was started by the Barshinger family in memory of the late Joe Barshinger, a lifelong grain and livestock farmer who farmed in Shabbona and Waterman. Joe was an avid supporter of youth and organizations like FFA and 4-H.

The Joe Barshinger Ag Scholarship is for graduating seniors from Indian Creek High School. Applicant must also be a member of the FFA Chapter or a 4-H Club.

One, $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who plans to attend a community college, university or trade school and study agriculture.

The scholarship is administered by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation and follows similar guidelines as other Foundation scholarships. To qualify, applicants’ parents must be members of the Farm Bureau for two years prior to applying (since 2019).

Selection of the Joe Barshinger Scholarship recipient will be based on academics (2.5+ GPA), school activities, leadership, and community service. 

To apply go to: Scholarship deadline is Friday, March 19.