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National FFA Scholarships      
Just a reminder that the FFA Scholarships application opened on Nov. 1. FFA members must have their FFA membership ID and use single-sign-on to access the application. Need help with the application process? Email or see other options for assistance on the scholarships website under the "Need Help" section. 

**2022 Winners Announced**
Illinois FFA members earned over $125,000 in scholarships through their FFA journey.  CONGRATULATIONS to these Illinois FFA members.  

College Scholarships      
Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leader and Academic Scholarship
Altorfer CAT's ThinkBIG Internship
American AgriWomen Scholarships 
American Legion (PDF)
American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarships
Bayer Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship - Opens November 1st
Birkey's Scholarships
Cargill Global Scholars 
Certified Angus Beef Scholarship Colvin Scholarship Fund
Charles "Chief" Ferguson Scholarship - Due May 1 (Word)
CHS Elburn Scholarship 
CHS Foundation Scholarship Program
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) - U of I 
Compeer Financial
DeKalb, Asgrow, Deltapine Scholarship 
Eldon Witt Student Teaching Scholarship - DUE May 1
ExtremeTerrain's Student Scholarship
Family Farm Groups
Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship
FarmHouse Fraternity: UIUC Incoming Student Scholarship
Federal TEACH Grant (for future Ag Teachers. Identify as Career & Technical Education Educator)
Fire and Forestry Scholarships 
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America 
Grain and Feed Association of Illinois 
Great Heart Seed Scholarship
IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund
Illinois Agriculture Association Foundation (IAA) Scholarships  
Illinois AgriWomen Scholarships
Illinois Beef Association Scholarship
Illinois Conservation Foundation Scholarships
Illinois Foundation FFA Scholarships
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
Illinois Pork Producers Association 
Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation
Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers 
Illinois State University College of Applied Science & Technology
Illinois State University Department of Agriculture
Institute of Food Technologist
Irrigation Association
Jenner Ag Scholarship
Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association
LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship
Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship
Marilyn K. Hoy Memorial Scholarship 
Midwest Dairy Association
Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Program
Murray Wise Foundation Ag Scholarship
National Association of Farm Broadcasting
National Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarships
National Corn Growers Association 
National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
National DHIA Scholarship Program
National Farmers Organization
National Farmers Union Foundation
National Pork Producers Council
National Wild Turkey Federation Conservation
Sam Taylor Memorial Scholarship - DUE March 1
Senior Care Aging Matters Scholarship 
South Central FS Scholarship 
SIU Heritage Scholarship Program Scholarships
The Secure Optimal Yield (Soy) Scholarship
TransgenderFirst Scholarship
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
Western Illinois University Scholarships
Winfield Scholarship

Alumni Scholarships (WLC, Ground Zero, Leadership Camp)      
The Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters will once again be offering alumni scholarships for these conferences in 2022:  Ground Zero Conference, Washington Leadership Conference (National FFA will release the WLC Conference registration later in November), and FFA Leadership Camp.  Please note that none of these events have set their registration cost, so the amount of the scholarship(s) will be announced at a later date.

Please note you must have an active Alumni Chapter by July 1, 2021 to apply for these scholarships.  Here is the active 2020-2021 alumni chapter listing.

Students may only attend one Ground Zero Conference, Leadership Camp & WLC while in high school.  The same student can possibly win a scholarship for each of these conferences/camp per year, but they cannot apply for 2 of these scholarships in the same year.  For instance, a Sophomore can win a Ground Zero Conference Scholarship, and then as a Junior win a WLC Alumni Scholarship.

If you have 2 applicants, please make the decision at the local level on who should complete the Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters application.

If the conference/camp is cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions, the Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters will not carryover the scholarship to the next year.

WLC & Ground Zero Scholarship Applications are due by November 1, 2021 and both require the FFA Advisor to reply to the submitted application with a short paragraph about the student applying for the scholarship.  

Please see these links to review the scholarship instructions, sample questions, rubric, and complete the applications.  The instructions include the date/sites for the Ground Zero Conference.
Scholarship Instructions, Application Links, Sample Questions, and Scoring Rubric
Ground Zero Conference Scholarship Application
Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship Application

2022 FFA Leadership Camp Scholarship Application will open after the first of the year.

If you have any questions about these scholarships or if you have any roster questions, please email Patti Davis at

Mike Builta FFA Jacket Program      

GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets

In April 2019, Mike Builta, a GROWMARK vice president and long-time employee, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory, the GROWMARK Foundation will be providing 100 FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois.

75 jackets have been provided so far, and the Growmark Foundation will award another 25 jackets this year. FFA members are asked to answer the question “What does the FFA jacket mean to you?” and share the main goal they wish to accomplish as an FFA member. The application is available HERE and is due September 16 at midnight.

Builta was raised on a family farm near Bellflower, Illinois. He was an active FFA member and lifelong supporter of agricultural education. He held GROWMARK System management roles at Christian County Farmers Supply Company in Taylorville, Illinois and GRAINCO FS in Ottawa, Illinois, before becoming GROWMARK vice president of Energy and Logistics in 2018.

The GROWMARK Foundation was formally incorporated in 2005 and supports 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation is focused on programs and activities which support: the vitality of the industry of agriculture; agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture's contributions to society and the economy; agricultural leadership development; and education about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business. The GROWMARK System has been involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts, including youth and young leader education and development and scholarships, for decades.

Contact: Karen Jones,, 309-557-6184

  Alumni Scholarships
The Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters offers three types of scholarships annually:
  • Ground Zero Conference (formally the 212 Conference) - Two day FFA Leadership Conference held in different locations in Illinois each winter. Scholarship applications are due November 1st. 
  • IL FFA Leadership Camp - Three day camp held in July in Monticello, IL. Scholarship applications are due March 1st. 
  • Washington Leadership Conference - Five day national conference held each summer in Washington, D.C. Scholarship applications are due November 1st.

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