Illinois Grain and Feed Association


Ten $3,500 scholarships will be available to college students who are seeking a career in the grain handling and feed industries. Please complete the application e-mail or have it postmarked by March 1, 2017. Email for details.

The 2018 Scholarship Application will be posted in January.

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 Leadership 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 Leadership Tour on August 14 – 16, 2018, complete with site visits around the state, educational programs and social events! Check out our Scholarship News 2017 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 19, 2018 in Peoria.


  • 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 Leadership Tour on August 14 – 16, 2018
    • 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.

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