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Scholarship opportunities are now available!


The Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation enhances the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships to members, dependents and others seeking a major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an agriculturally related course of study with intent on an agriculturally related career. The CCFB Foundation is intent on supporting future generations to help assure a well-qualified, professional agricultural workforce in the Chicagoland area and Illinois.


For 2023, the CCFB Foundation is pleased to offer multiple scholarship opportunities totaling $16,000 in supporting funds. To read about the different scholarships you can apply for, please click here.


The scholarship application period is from December 1, 2022 to February 15, 2023.


Click here to download a printable application that can be completed and mailed to our office.


Prefer to complete your application online? Click here 

(If you choose this option, please be sure to complete and email this Signature Sheet to finalize your application submission).



Recipients of the 2022 Scholarship Program have been announced...


The Board of Directors of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation have selected six individuals as recipients of the 2022 Scholarship Program. They are:


Jessica Biernacki of Tinley Park - Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

Andrew Smits of Sauk Village

Katherine Manika of North Riverside

Jennifer Miller of Justice

Elijah Fiorke of Orland Park

Matthew Smits of Sauk Village


A total of $15,500 of scholarship funds were distributed.


Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship


This scholarship is designed to honor Mr. Howard Paarlberg, the first President of the Foundation and President of the Farm Bureau for 16 years. The recipient carries the prestige of being the top-rated applicant and a greater financial reward for the individual.


2022 Scholarship Recipient Winners



Jessica Biernacki

Grand Canyon University

Howard Paarlberg Award



Matthew Smits

Purdue University

Elijah Fiorke

Illinois State University

Andrew Smits

Purdue University



Jennifer Miller

University of Michigan



Katherine Manika

University of Illinois



The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation was established by the Cook County Farm Bureau to carry out charitable, literary and educational work in Agriculture.  The Foundation Board established the Agricultural Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to students pursuing education for agricultural careers and to encourage the best and brightest young minds to return to Agriculture as their chosen career.



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