Agriculture Scholarships

2021 Agriculture Scholarship Program

The 2021 FCI Agriculture Scholarship program deadline passed on March 12.


Program Details 

Thirty $2,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors with agricultural career aspirations planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall. Two under-represented minority student applicants will be recognized as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.

Selection criteria includes academic achievement, participation and leadership within school and community organizations, and a commitment to pursuing an agriculture-related career. Recipients must reside – or their family must farm – in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Illinois.

Recipients will receive $1,000 of the scholarship for the Fall 2021 semester and the remaining $1,000 will be available to students who continue pursuing an agricultural degree during the Fall 2023 semester.

How to Apply

All applicants should complete the Application and share the Academic Verification Form link with a school official to submit. The application deadline is March 12, 2021. Contact FCI with scholarship questions at or 217-590-2200.

U of I Scholarship Match

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers a full $2,000 scholarship match to 2021 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholars who enroll full-time in the College of ACES either initially in the Fall 2021 semester or as a transfer student in the Fall 2023 semester. More information about the scholarship match is available from the U of I College of ACES. For more information, email




    Passion For Agriculture Video

    Create a 30-45 second video on your phone capturing your passion for agriculture. After a quick personal introduction, showcase one specific object (i.e. memento, place, project, person, plant, animal) you treasure and describe its significance and how it helped shape your commitment to agriculture.  

    Video guidelines:
    Begin the video by sharing your name, high school, and anticipated college or university.
    Ask a friend or family member to record you holding the phone horizontally. We want to hear your voice, see your face, and view the showcased object.
    Video length should be no longer than 45 seconds. Points will be deducted for videos exceeding this length.
    Keep it simple and speak from your heart. No fancy editing required (see sample video below).


    Tips for uploading video prior to attaching to application:
    Set your phone's video settings to lowest HD settings available (ex: 720p HD at 30fps on iphone 11). Video settings are under the camera settings on your mobile phone.
    Check the file size once you've completed the video. FCI recommends the file size is less than 60 MB. The smaller the better. A minute of video shot at 720p HD will be 40 MB.
    Transfer your video from your phone to the computer or tablet you're using to complete your application. Use your phone’s charging cord to transfer if the computer or tablet has a usb port.

    What to do if you encounter errors uploading the video and/or photo attachment:
    • Try an alternative browser - Google Chrome is preferable
    •  Upload your video using this DropBox link


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