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School of Agriculture Scholarships

Scholarships application forms may be dropped off at the School of Agriculture office-Knoblauch Hall 145, or mailed to:

School of Agriculture
1 University Circle
Knoblauch Hall 145
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone: (309) 298-1080

All forms MUST BE typed; NO handwritten forms will be accepted. To fill in the forms please use either the Internet Explorer or Google Chrome web browser.

ALL applicants must submit the application forms and any materials required via the Scholarship Application Form.

Agriculture Open House Award(s)

These awards were established as door prizes to support recruitment at prospective student open houses. To be eligible, the student must enroll at WIU, be an agriculture major, and attend a designated Open House.  The award will be split between fall and spring semesters. Recipient(s) will be selected by a random drawing of all Open House attendees. This award is not renewable.

Agriculture Legacy Scholarship

Download the Ag Legacy application (pdf)

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 majors 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. Past recipients may reapply but will not receive preferential consideration. Applications are due September 7.

Harry "Bud" Bennett Memorial Scholarship

Download the Bennett application (pdf)

One $1,000 award divided between the fall & spring semesters. Available to an undergraduate students majoring in any area of agriculture who have a GPA between 2.75-3.25. Preference will be given to a student from Hancock County who plans to either return to or be employed by a family-operated farm upon graduation OR who is currently working on a family farm and juggling multiple responsibilities outside the classroom. Students should submit a one-page document explaining why they have chosen a career in agriculture and how they are involved outside of the classroom. This scholarship is not automatically renewable, but a student can reapply; however, they can receive the award no more than twice. Applications are due September 7.

Dean and Sharon Chenoweth Agriculture Scholarship

Download the Chenoweth application (pdf)

One $1,000 award divided between the fall and spring semesters. Available to a student enrolled in a major within the School of Agriculture who is sophomore, junior or senior standing and have a 2.75 college GPA or above. Preference will be given to students who are involved in agriculture activities, clubs, and student organizations and who have work experience. This scholarship is renewable; however, past recipients may reapply and enter the applicant pool, but will not receive preferential consideration. Applications are due September 7.

Compeer Financial Scholarship

Download the Compeer Application (pdf)

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 on a 4.0 scale 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 counties served by Compeer Financial. Applications are due September 7.

Growmark Scholarship

Download the Growmark application (pdf)

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. Applications are due May 1.

Dr. Harry J. Hoerner Precision Agriculture Scholarship

Download the Hoerner application (pdf)

One $1,000.00 award divided between fall and spring semesters to an agriculture major who is involved in Ag club activities, in good academic standing, and have a minimum of sophomore status at the time the award is given. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in precision agriculture. Past recipients may reapply but will not receive preferential consideration. Applications are due May 1.

Justin Lillesand Memorial "You Do You" Scholarship

Download the Lillesand application (pdf)

One $1,000 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. Applications are due September 7.

Dr. John S. McVickar Scholarship

Download the McVickar application (pdf)

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. Applications are due September 7.

Garrett Mooberry Memorial Scholarship

Download the Mooberry application (pdf)

Two $1,500 awards divided between the fall and spring semesters.

Scholarship #1: Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have graduated  from high schools in Tazewell, Peoria, or Woodford counties and who are entering sophomore, junior, or  senior students in the fall semester after the award is announced. Students must be pursuing a degree in the  School of Agriculture and have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA. Financial need shall be considered in the  selection process. Preference will be given to students who have been involved in 4-H, FFA, Hoof & Horn  Club, or any organization related to beef. 

Scholarship #2: Must be pursuing degree in the School of Agriculture and be an entering sophomore, junior,  or senior in the fall semester after the award is announced. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent  resident of the United States and have graduated from any high school in the State of Illinois. Applicants must  have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA. Financial need shall be considered in the selection process. Preference  will be given to students who have been involved in 4-H, FFA, Hoof & Horn Club, or any organization related  to beef.  

This scholarship is renewable. pending academic standing. Applications are due September 7.

Rep. Richard P. Myers Memorial Scholarship

Download the Myers application (pdf)

One $1,700 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. Financial need is a consideration. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture.  Applications are due September 7.

John "DOC" Reeves Urban Forestry Scholarship

Download the Reeves application (pdf)

One $1,000 award divided between the fall and spring semesters to a full-time junior or senior Agriculture major with a specialization in urban forestry or any major with 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. Applications are due September 7.

Clarence E. Neff Memorial Scholarship

Download the Neff application (pdf)

One $500 award to a junior, senior or transfer student majoring in agriculture divided between the fall and spring semesters. 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 3.25 or better and reapplies to the School of Agriculture. Applications are due September 7.

Dr. Loren K. Robinson Scholarship

Download the Robinson application (pdf)

One $1,000 scholarship may be awarded annually, 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. This scholarship is not renewable. Applications are due September 6.

Dr. Jerry Vigue Scholarship

Download the Vigue application (pdf)

One $1000 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.

Dr. James Wehrly Agricultural Finance Scholarship

Download the Wehrly application (pdf)

Up to four $1,100 awards divided between the fall and spring semesters to a junior in good standing at the  time the award is disbursed who has a GPA of 3.25. Applicants can be undergraduate or graduate students  who are interested in Ag Business with priority given to a student interested in Ag Finance. Preference is given  to an undergraduate student. Graduate students may be considered if there are no eligible undergraduate  students. This scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the Department of Agriculture. Student must be  making satisfactory progress.  Applications are due September 7.

West Central FS Scholarship

Download the FS application (pdf)

Five $1,000 awards divided between the fall and spring semesters to Ag majors. Students must be enrolled at Western Illinois University, majoring in a discipline housed in the School of Agriculture, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all complete coursework. Entering freshmen applicants must have an ACT of 25. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate initiative in the classroom and/or attendance at extracurricular events. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States and 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. Students may reapply but it is not guaranteed that they will be chosen. Applications are due September 7.

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.

Western Commitment Scholarship (4-Year)

Western Commitment Scholarships reward students with excellent academic ability who demonstrate achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University. Learn more.

College of Business and Technology (CBT) Scholarships

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