Agriculture and golf were John Buck’s passions. So it was only fitting that after his death from cancer in 2001, that his family and friends would keep his legacy alive by offering educational scholarships in those fields. Buck was the founder of Buck Brothers, Inc. and J.W. Turf, both of Hampshire, dealers and distributors of John Deere farm equipment and golf course maintenance equipment, respectively.

Late in 2001, the family of John Buck established the John Buck Memorial Scholarship for agriculture students through the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation. An endowment to the Foundation, supplemented by an annual John Buck Memorial Open golf outing, provides funds for two $1,500 scholarships for higher education for agriculture students. Any student in Kane, DeKalb, McHenry, Boone, Lake, DuPage or Will County is eligible to apply. A similar scholarship program has been established by the family through the Midwest Golf Course Superintendent’s Association.

Michael Steimel of DeKalb was one of two John Buck Memorial Scholarship recipients in the spring of 2022. Steimel used the $1,500 award to study Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Willem Vandermeij of Geneva was the second John Buck Memorial Scholarship recipient in the spring of 2022. Vandermeij used the $1,500 award to study Computer Engineering at Cedarville University.

Applications are now being accepted for the John Buck Memorial Scholarship for the 2023 24 school year. Applications are available through local county Farm Bureau offices, at AHW in Hampshire, or by contacting Steve Arnold, Executive Director of the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation, at 630 584 8660 or via the QR Code found on the Kane County Farm Bureau website at www.kanecfb.com. Application deadline is February 15, 2023.

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