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The objective of the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation’s scholarship program is to provide scholarships to college students who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related (or food and fiber) course of study. The General Scholarships are for members of Cook County Farm Bureau with the CONSERV FS scholarship being the exception to that guideline. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and financial need. Awards will be sent to the school in the recipient’s name and must be used for the 2022 school year.


Recipients of the 2022-2023 Scholarship Program have been announced...


The Board of Directors of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation have selected six individuals as recipients of the 2022-2023 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 Floerke 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.


2022-2023 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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