The objective of the Hancock County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship program is to provide scholarships to college bound students who major in agriculture, agribusiness, ag- related courses or have a general interest in agriculture, and to support students with an agriculture background. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need.  Three scholarships are typically awarded in the amount of $1000.00 each.  One scholarship may be given in general studies/other major.  Previous scholarship winners are not eligible to apply.  Only typed applications will be reviewed by the judges.

All applicants must meet these eligibility guidelines:

               - Be a high school senior, high school graduate or current college student;
               - Exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study;
               - Be a resident of Illinois; and
               - Be a Hancock County Farm Bureau member or dependent of a member at the time of  the award.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships are as follows:

(1) Academic performance and honors
(2) Rank in class
          - Demonstrate an interest in agriculture and agribusiness
          - Financial need
          - Evidence of self-help.  How is the student contributing financially to his/her education?
          - Character and personality
(3)               Maturity
(4)               Industriousness and motivation
(5)               Intellectual interest
(6)               Moral character

(7)               Demonstrated leadership

For more information or to receive an application, contact the Hancock County Farm Bureau at (217) 357-3141.