Illinois Grain and Feed Association


The 2019 scholarship application process is closed. Applicants will be notified in April. Information for the 2020 scholarships will be available in January 2020. Email for details.

You Should Consider This Scholarship Experience If You….

  • Want to work in ag and have an interest in the grain handling and feed industries
  • Want a steady career, competitive pay and to become a part of the industry that helps feed the world
  • Have an interest in grain merchandising/originating, safety, operations, feed milling, management and more

Recipients are Awarded:

  • Networking and career building opportunities – Learn about the grain industry, network, build your resume and meet new people who can open doors for your career!
  • A $3,500 scholarship – 40% of the scholarship is provided at the Summer Kickoff Tour and the remaining amount upon completion of the program in the spring.
  • Real work experience – Students will work 4 days at a member facility (2 days each in the spring and fall) and provide two blog posts detailing their experiences. Students can suggest their preferred host.
  • A 3-day Summer Kickoff Tour on August 13 – 15, 2019, complete with site visits around the state, educational programs and social events! Check out our 2018 Scholarship Newsletter to see past recipients in action and learn more about this opportunity!
  • Hotel accommodations and registration at GFAI’s Annual Convention and Trade Show where all recipients will be recognized during the general session on February 18, 2019 in Schaumburg.


  • Permanent Illinois address and a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university
  • Students must be willing to:
    • Work four days at a member facility (2 days each in spring and fall)
    • Attend the Summer Kickoff Tour on August 13 – 15, 2019
    • Write two blog posts detailing their experiences
  • Applicants may only be awarded a GFAI Scholarship once. Previous winners who are sophomores, juniors or seniors are eligible for a $1,000 “Renewable Scholarship,” with a required 4 days at a member facility and 2 blog posts.
  • Students must be interested in a career in the grain handling or feed industries, submit a transcript and three (3) professional letters of recommendation from school advisor, faculty, employer, etc.


Check out how much fun we had on our Summer Kickoff Tour

While you’re here, check out this info on Careers That Count or watch this short video!