DuPage County Farm Bureau

DuPage County Farm Bureau FOUNDATION Scholarships

General Scholarship Fund, $2,500

Each year, the Board of Trustees can award at least four scholarships to high school seniors.  To be eligible for consideration, applicants must demonstrate that they are qualified to pursue a college education and be interested in a course of study related to the agriculture industry.

Arnold Oestmann Scholarship, $1,500

This scholarship was created in memory of Arnold Oestmann of Westmont, IL. Mr. Oestmann was a past president of the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Each year the Board of Trustees may award at least four scholarships to high school seniors. There are no restrictions on college course of study.

Ken F. Ebersold Scholarship, $2,500

The Board of Trustees can award at least two scholarships to college freshman, sophomores or juniors. Students must be actively and successfully pursuing an undergraduate degree in an agricultural related course of study. This scholarship was created in memory of Ken F. Ebersold of Downers Grove, IL. Mr. Ebersold was a past president of the DuPage County Farm Bureau and an active volunteer for many years. Past recipients of this scholarship may apply during each year of their first three years of college.

Culinary or Nutrition Scholarship, $2,000

One scholarship is available to a high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, or junior in a culinary or nutrition-related program. Food begins on a farm, and those working in related industries have the responsibility of being knowledgeable about agriculture.



Trade Scholarship, $2,000

Details coming soon!

John Buck Memorial Scholarships (Kane County Farm Burau offering)

Two $1,500 scholarships are available for students from Kane, DeKalb, McHenry, Boone, DuPage, Lake or Will County pursuing a degree in an agriculture field with preference given to students with agricultural mechanics and turf management career ambitions.

For more information or to receive an application on the John Buck Memorial Scholarship contact the Kane County Farm Bureau:
P: 630-584-8660
E: info@kanecfb.com
W: https://kanecfb.com/scholarships

 Scholarship Application Tips

-Gather everything you need to complete the application before you start. Doing so will help you stay on track.

-Have a clear understanding of the transcript requirement.  Official transcript needs to come directly from your school, in a sealed envelope by the registrar of the school.

-Don’t use acronyms such as JROTC. Spell out the names of organizations. The acronym you use might not be familiar to people reviewing your application.

-Ask people you know well to write letters of recommendation. A school advisor/counselor, club advisor, teacher, coach/instructor or manager/supervisor are all great choices.

-Do not leave any sections incomplete, if you submit an incomplete application, it will not be considered.

-Give people writing letters of recommendation plenty of time to write and submit the letter before the application deadline.

-If you need more space to write than the application provides, you can use a separate form to write and list your experiences.

-Remember, many students are applying for the same scholarship, presentation can help you stand out.  Typing on your application is clear and legible.  If you are writing on your application, use a pen and print clear and neat.  Avoid stapling your application, folding your application, and having food or drink stains.  Adding additional information is also helpful for example a resume, portfolio, or list of accomplishments.

-Reading the instructions before you start, meeting deadlines ahead of time and following these tips will help you successfully submit your scholarship applications.

-Don’t be afraid to contact us with questions.


For questions, please email, membership@dcfb.org or call 630-668-8161
Office hours are Mon-Fri 8am – 4:30pm

Send completed Scholarships to DCFB office:
245 S. Gary Ave.
Carol Stream, IL 60188