School of Agriculture

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School of Agriculture Scholarships

Scholarship applications are available online. Follow the link below and sign in to begin the scholarship application process.

Please note: Award amounts may vary based on funding. Typical award amounts are listed below with each scholarship.

Scholarships Due May 1st


Growmark Scholarship

Three $1,000 awards to agriculture majors who are junior or senior level students. Applicant and recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.50, be a resident of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Missouri, demonstrate a sincere interest in a career in the agriculture industry, demonstrate leadership qualities and be involved in agricultural related outside activities. Agriculture related experience is required; farming experience is preferred.

Dr. Jerry Vigue Scholarship

One $900 award divided between fall and spring semesters. Applicants must be majoring in Agriculture and have completed a minimum of 30 hours at WIU by the end of the semester of application. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and preference will be given to applicants that are active in Agriculture activities, clubs and student organizations. Financial need is not a consideration. Applications are due May 1.

Scholarships Due September 7th


Agriculture Legacy Scholarship

Two $1,000 awards divided between fall and spring semesters. One award is for an incoming freshman or transfer student and one is for a current student. Applicants must be an Agriculture major whose immediate family is an alumni of WIU with first preference given to those whose parents or grandparents are WIU Agriculture alumni. Demonstrated academic excellence and involvement in agriculture as well as financial need as demonstrated by the Financial Aid FAFSA or other documentation will be considered.

Harry "Bud" Bennett Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 award divided between the fall & spring semesters. Available to an Agriculture major who has a GPA between 2.75-3.25. First preference will be given to a student from Hancock County. Preference will also be given to a student who plans to either return to or be employed by a family-operated farm upon graduation. Preference will also be give to a student who is currently working on a family farm while attending classes.

Dean and Sharon Chenoweth Agriculture Scholarship

One $1,000 award divided between the fall and spring semesters. Available to an Agriculture major who is sophomore, junior or senior standing and must have a GPA of 2.75 or above. Preference will be given to students who are involved in Agriculture activities, clubs and student organizations and who have work experience.

Compeer Financial Scholarship

One $1,500 award divided between fall and spring semesters to a full-time agriculture student in good standing. Must have a GPA of 3.0 from high school or community college, demonstrate strong academic performance based on high school, college and university academic performance and ACT score. Must be from one of the following counties: Adams, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Hancock, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford.

Justin Lillesand Memorial "You Do You" Scholarship

One $1,000 to award divided between the fall and spring semesters. Available to an Agriculture major who has completed one year of college/university coursework and registered for a second year. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, preference will be given to an applicant with a passion for livestock (preferably in the beef industry). Applicant must submit a resume documenting a strong work ethic and be a U.S. citizen.

Dr. John S. McVickar Scholarship

One $1,000 award divided between the fall & spring semesters. Available to an entering freshman or transfer student who plans to pursue a major in the field of plant science and/or soil conservation. Applicant must be a resident of Illinois and possess a minimum ACT score of 20.

Garrett Mooberry Memorial Scholarship

Two $1,500 awards divided between the fall and spring semesters. Available to a student majoring in Agriculture with an interest in animal science who has completed 24 s.h. (sophomore, junior or senior standing) and has a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have been involved in 4-H, FFA, Hoof & Horn or any organization related to beef. One award will be given to a student who graduated from a high school in Peoria, Tazewell or Woodford counties. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a GPA of 2.8 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture.

Rep. Rich Myers Scholarship

One $1,800 award divided between the fall and spring semesters. Available to a student majoring in Agriculture from McDonough County who has completed 60 s.h. and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have documented community service and/or involvement in university activities. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture.

John "DOC" Reeves Urban Forestry Scholarship

One $1,000 award to a full-time junior or senior Agriculture major with a specialization in urban forestry or a minor in urban forestry. The applicant must have completed FOR 208 and have a GPA of 3.0. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture.

Clarence E. Neff Memorial Scholarship

One $500 award to a junior, senior or transfer student majoring in agriculture. Student must have GPA of 3.25 or better and reside in the 17th Congressional District. Financial need will be considered. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture.

Dr. Loren K. Robinson Scholarship

One $1,200 award divided between the fall & spring semesters. Available to entering freshmen who plan to pursue a major in the field of animal science. Applicants must be residents of Illinois & possess a minimum ACT of 20.

Dr. James Wehrly Agricultural Finance Scholarship

Four $1,100 awards to juniors with a GPA of 3.25, studying Ag Business with priority given to a student seeking a career associated with agricultural finance. This scholarship is renewable.

West Central FS Scholarship

Five $1,000 awards to Ag majors. Freshmen applicants must have an ACT of 25+. Current students/transfer applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0+. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate initiative in the classroom and/or attendance at extracurricular events. Applicants must be willing to be interviewed on WIU's campus by West Central FS representatives at a date and time to be announced following submission of the application.

Talent Grant and Tuition Waivers

The School of Agriculture at WIU has available several Talent Grants and Tuition Waivers for persons with demonstrated competency in the area of livestock judging. Contact Dr. Mark Hoge, Livestock Judging Coach, at MD-Hoge@wiu.edu for information regarding eligibility and availability.