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Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Interns

Trent Cooper

2018 Jessica Bowgren
Illinois State University

Trent Cooper

2017 Trent Cooper
Illinois State University

Susie Thompson

2016 Susie Thompson
Illinois State University

Kristi Van Oost

2015 Kristi Van Oost
Truman State University

Kathryn Bohner
2014 Kathryn Bohner
Illinois State University
Larisa Sica
2013 Larisa Sica
Kansas State University
Dan Doeing
2012 Dan Doeing
Iowa State University
Sarah Weirich
2012 Sarah Weirich
Iowa State University
Kayla Meyer
2012 Kayla Meyer University of Illinois
Sarah Carson
2011 Sarah Carson
University of Illinois
Katie Dahlstrom
2011 Katie Dahlstrom
North Central College
Kyle Manthei
2010 Kyle Manthei
Illinois State University
Shawna Robertson
2010 Shawna Robertson
N. Dakota State Univ.
Jillian Braun
2009 & 2011Jillian Braun
Eastern Illinois University
Kristen McMahon
2008 Kristen McMahon
Eastern Illinois University
Ashley Kaburek
2007 Ashley Kaburek
Illinois State University
Kristen Anderson
2006 Kristen Anderson
University of Illinois
Julie Drendel
2005 Julie Drendel
University of Illinois
Brenna Burnett
2004 Brenna Burnett
University of Illinois

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS
2018 Scholarship Application (Fillable Form)
2018 Scholarship Application (PDF)
2018 Scholarship Application Cover Letter (PDF)
2018 Scholarship Brochure (PDF)
Scholarship Policies

INTERNSHIPS
2018 Internship Application (Word Doc)
2018 Internship Application (PDF)
2018 Internship Info (PDF)
2018 Internship Flyer (PDF)

The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation was established in 1989 by Kane County Farm Bureau to carry out charitable work in the advancement of agricultural literacy and preparing students and leaders for careers in the agriculture industry.

As a not-for-profit entity, the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation solicits and distributes private funding for agriculturally related education and leadership training, Ag-in-the-Classroom programs, Ag Literacy Library development, charitable activities and research. The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation offers several scholarships to members or dependents of members, and to non-members, who wish to pursue higher education in an agricultural related field.
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FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Board has announced 24 students who were selected to receive college scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year.  One high school senior was chosen to receive a $1,500 President’s Scholarship.  The Foundation also administers the John Buck Memorial Scholarship, the Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship, the Mary Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarship, and five AGCO Parts Division Scholarships.

Andrew Gould
Andrew Gould

Foundation President’s Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded its $1,500 President’s Scholarship to Andrew Gould. This honor is reserved for the high school senior among this year’s applicants with the most outstanding combination of scholastics, activities, goals, and ACT score. Andrew’s parents are Chris and Dana Gould.

Andrew is from Elburn and attends Kaneland High School with plans to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Technical Systems Management. He has been active in FFA, 4-H, the DeKalb Area Pork Producers, and has participated in track and field.  This is his first year as an officer for Kaneland FFA, serving as the President.  A previous recipient of an NROTC scholarship, he has intentions to participate in either the Navy or Army ROTC program while attending UIUC.

Mary Carr
Mary Carr

 
Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Scholarship
Mary L. Heckel-Blickle

Mary L. Heckel -Blickle Memorial Scholarship
Mary Carr
has been awarded the Mary L. Heckle-Blickle Memorial Scholarship. Mary is from Hampshire and is the daughter of Chris and Kathleen Carr. Currently she attends Kansas State University, majoring in Marketing. 

The Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarship was started in 2015, and provides a $1,000 college scholarship annually to a student who resides in Kane or Macon County Illinois. Mary’s family established the scholarship to pay tribute to her farming legacy and promote the growth of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Mary is involved on campus with clubs, honor societies, research, and her campus job in the Career Center.  She participates in the University Honors Program, is a member of Kansas State Scholars and Kansas State social media team, is a representative for the College as a Business Ambassador, and recently became involved in the newly created Women in Business club.  After graduation, Mary plans to focus her degree in the horticulture industry.

Jessica Yaeger
Jessica Yaeger

Claire Plapp
Claire Plapp

John Buck Memorial Scholarship

John Buck Memorial Scholarship
John Buck
Jessica Yaeger and Claire Plapp have been awarded the Buck Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides $1000 for tuition and fees for these students pursuing higher education in an agriculture related field.

This marks the 17th year the scholarship has been awarded to students in the seven county service area around the Buck Bros. / J.W.Turf John Deere dealership in Hampshire. It is made possible by gifts from the family and friends of the late John Buck, who established the company in 1977. 

Jessica, daughter of Mark and Mary Yaeger, is from DeKalb and graduated DeKalb High School in 2017. She was involved in many organizations like 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, and was Senior Captain of the varsity track and field team.  Currently, Jessica attends Pennsylvania State University where she is studying Plant Science and is actively involved in the Penn State Horticulture Club and Integrated Pest Management and Biological Pest Control research.  She plans to return home after graduation, where she hopes to expand the greenhouse operation on their family farm.

Claire, daughter of Adrian and Debbie Plapp from Malta, will graduate Rochelle Township High School this year.  She has been very active in the Rochelle FFA Chapter, holding many different positions ranging from Secretary to Vice President to Ag Day Greenhouse Co-Chair.  Other organizations she has been a part of are the National Honor Society, WYSE Team, and has been a member of the cross country and track and field teams at school.  She will be attending South Dakota State University, majoring in Dairy Science, focused on Dairy Products Manufacturing. 

Kristen Hoffman
Kristen Hoffman
Heidi Smith
Heidi Smith

 

AGCO Scholarship
AGCO Employees

AGCO Parts Division Scholarship
Kristen Hoffman and Heidi Smith have been awarded the AGCO Parts Division Scholarship, the first year that two have been offered. 

Kristen, daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Hoffman, was a senior last year at Hiawatha High School in DeKalb County and is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring in Agribusiness.  Her activities and honors are varied.  She has been student of the month, Valedictorian, and is currently on the Dean’s List at college.  Her activities include being an Agribusiness Club member, Senior Class President, has been on various committees, and has participated in many community activities. 

Heidi, daughter of Shane and Noel Smith, is a graduate of Sycamore High School and has been attending the University of Wisconsin, Platteville where she will graduate the end of this year with a degree in Agribusiness.  Her focus in communications, marketing, and management will propel her in the workplace as an advocate for agriculture, her passion.

In high school and in college, Heidi has been involved in FFA, the Ag Club, Forensics Team, and is even a member of the DeKalb Farm Bureau.  She hopes to build a career at the Farm Bureau. 

The AGCO Parts division scholarship was started in 2017 and provides $1,000 college scholarships annually to students who reside in Illinois and who are pursuing higher education in an agriculture related field. The scholarship is funded by the Employees of AGCO Parts in Batavia, IL.



Susie Thompson
Susie Thompson
Catherine Austin
Catherine Austin
 
AGCO Scholarship
AGCO Employees

AGCO Global Women's Network Scholarship
Susie Thompson and Catherine Austin are this year’s recipients of 2 AGCO Global Women’s Network Scholarships. 

Susie is from Maple Park and is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Thompson.  She is currently attending Illinois State University and is majoring in Ag Communications and Animal Industry Management. 

A graduate of Central High School, Susie was very active in FFA and held roles as Secretary, Vice President, and President locally and statewide.  Currently she is an ISU Agriculture Ambassador, an officer in ISU’s Sigma Alpha sorority, an Equestrian Team athlete, and a Collegiate Farm Bureau member as well as a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association.

The second recipient, Catherine Austin, is currently a senior at Harvard High School and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Linda Austin.  She has plans to attend the University of Wisconsin, Platteville in the fall to double-major in Agribusiness and Accounting.  A community volunteer for her church and at a women’s shelter, she also participates in cross county, basketball, and softball as well as being a Captain of each team.  Catherine is currently President of her FFA Chapter and has been a member all throughout high school. 

The AGCO Parts: The AGCO GWN Scholarship was started last year and provides a $1,000 college scholarship annually to each of two female students who reside in Illinois and who are pursuing higher educations in agriculture related fields. The scholarships are funded by the Employees of AGCO Parts in Batavia, IL.



Erin Kettelkamp
Erin Kettelkamp

 

AGCO Parts Platinum Scholarship
Erin Kettelkamp
daughter of Karl and Julie Kettelkamp, is the first-ever recipient of the AGCO Parts Platinum Scholarship for $2,500.  Newly created this year, this scholarship is awarded to a student who resides in Illinois and who is pursuing higher education in an agriculture related field. The scholarship is funded by the Employees of AGCO Parts in Batavia, IL.

Kettelkamp, a 2013 graduate of Kaneland High School, and currently a Freshman at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after attending UIC ACES, is majoring in Animal Science.  In college, she has been involved in many different organizations and groups.  Erin is a member of the Production Medicine Club, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and a Theta Chapter member of Omega Tau Sigma.  She is also the Sheep Flock Manager for the Veterinary Medicine Research Farm and is the Vice President of the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and with her anticipated doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Erin’s primary goal is to begin practice for large or mixed animal medicine.  She would also like to be a part of the production management systems industry to promote the ways in which animal agriculture works with the USDA to produce safe and ethical food sources.


Eric Dunteman
Eric Dunteman
 
Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
Chuck Swanson

Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation named Erik Dunteman of Big Rock as the recipient of the $1,000 Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship. Erik is the son of William and Kari Dunteman.

The Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends of the former Farm Bureau Director and long-time volunteer to provide awards for students residing in Kane County, pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related career field. 

Erik graduated from Hinckley Big Rock High School in 2014 and has been attending Iowa State University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Spanish. Math, Science, and Senior of the Year, he was also Senior Class President and a member of the Hinckley-Big Rock FFA chapter. 

Still attending ISU, but currently studying abroad on a semester exchange in Singapore, Erik has already accomplished so much toward his end goal – giving back to the farming community that has supported him.  His involvement at ISU has ranged from being a research assistant with in the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, to working on hydraulic power systems his Freshman year, to being a summer internship at Danfoss Power Solutions.  In the fall of 2017, Erik decided to start his own company, Wyaxis, which focuses on vertical farming and he hopes to combat the increased world-wide need for food. 





General Ag Scholarships
To be eligible for a Kane County Farm Bureau general scholarship, the member or dependent must have been a member in good standing for two years. The student must also be planning an agriculture related career.  A brochure is available to assist students in identifying those careers and areas of study.

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2017-18 KCFB Foundation Scholarship Recipients ($1,000)
Jessica Bowgren
Elena Chapa
Sarah Carr
Bradley Gorenz
Jessica Bowgren
Elena Chapa
Sarah Carr
Bradley Gorenz
Catherine Gorenz
Vanessa Gould
Brandon Griffith
Jackson Kettelkamp
Catherine Gorenz
Vanessa Gould
Brandon Griffith
Jackson Kettelkamp
Anastasia Kurth
Kylie Lindley-Bohman
Jake Thompson
Alexander Turk
Anastasia Kurth
Kylie Lindley-Bohman
Jake Thompson
Alexander Turk
Allison Wetsch
Monica Zimmerman
Allison Wetsch
Monica Zimmerman
   


INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
For assisting in the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation’s
AG COMMUNICATION/AG-IN-THE-CLASSROOM PROGRAM

The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation is a general not-for-profit corporation organized under IRS Code 501(c)(3) with one of its goals being to serve the needs of our county’s youth through education and other opportunities, so that they may increase their skills in agriculture.

The Foundation has agreed to fund an internship(s) to assist the Farm Bureau in its Public Relations efforts and to assist in the coordination of the Kane County Farm Bureau’s “Ag-in-the-Classroom” (AITC) program.  AITC is an educational program designed to instruct students of all ages of agriculture’s role in society using innovative techniques such as science experiments, videotapes, classroom visits and other materials.

The intern chosen will work directly with the KCFB manager, Ag-in-the-Classroom coordinator and the Ag-in-the-Classroom Committee under the academic supervision of a college or university instructor.

KANE COUNTY FARM BUREAU INTERNSHIPS
AGRICULTURAL FIELDS OF STUDY

Location
St. Charles, Illinois

Dates
Flexible

Pre-requisites
30 undergraduate hours (communications or education emphasis preferred)

Requirements
Minimum of 300 hours, minimum of 20 hours/week (summer) Minimum of 100 hours (winter) or 30 hours (spring)

Value
up to $2500 to be paid at conclusion of internship (summer)
up to $750 (winter) and $300 (spring)

Responsibilities
Promote and coordinate Ag-in-the-Classroom projects
Assist with the planning of a week-long, graduate credit Summer Agricultural Institute for teachers
Assist with public relations efforts through newsletters, press releases and other correspondence
Develop grant requests to provide funding for the comprehensive Ag Ed program in Kane County
Coordinate County Fair activities with volunteer committees

Inventory, checkout and track educational materials
Work with volunteers to update and enhance Ag-in-the-Classroom programs

Contact

Steve Arnold, Executive Director 630-584-8660 or e-mail info@kanecfb.com

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