McLean Co. Farm Bureau creates HCC Ag ScholarshipMarch 24, 2021
McLean County Farm Bureau is giving a boost to Heartland Community College students wishing to start a career in agriculture.
A $25,000 donation from the McLean County Farm Bureau will establish a fund for students pursuing agriculture-related studies at Heartland Community College. Students may apply for the $1,000 annual scholarship via the Heartland Community College Financial Aid office. To be eligible for the scholarship potential recipients or a parent of the recipient must be a member of McLean county Farm Bureau.
“Funding from community partners makes a huge impact in providing accessible education pathways for students,” said Chris Downing, Executive Director of the Heartland Community College Foundation. “This is the largest gift from McLean County Farm Bureau in Foundation history. It is one more example to the commitment of the Bureau to support the future of Ag by investing in the people who will lead the next generation of the industry.”
Heartland offers a number of options to prepare students for a career or further education in Agriculture. Degree and certificate programs include: Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Agriculture Business Certificate, Agronomy Certificate, Precision Agriculture Certificate, and Regenerative Agriculture Certificate. Heartland recently expanded Ag programming to match the employment picture of the area.
“McLean County Farm Bureau is excited to support local students pursuing agricultural careers and to partner with Heartland Community College in growing and training a strong workforce for our local agricultural economy,” said McLean County Farm Bureau President Mark Hines. “As Heartland launches a new chapter in their Agriculture Program, the new endowed and annual scholarships will provide opportunities for McLean County graduates to earn Agriculture degrees. Our partnership with Heartland Community College is designed to attract and keep more students who are interested in agriculture in Central Illinois. The McLean County Farm Bureau scholarship program also offers a pathway for students who transfer on to Illinois State University for a bachelor’s degree in agriculture to access additional scholarship opportunities.”
McLean County is ranked #1 in cash from farming in Illinois. An environmental scan conducted by Northern Illinois University in 2019 reports that Agribusiness, Ag Technology, and Ag-related support services map to the top occupations by annual openings in the Heartland Community College district.
For more information on the McLean County Farm Bureau Ag Scholarship contact the HCC Financial Aid Office at FinAid@heartland.edu or 309-268-8020. For information about the McLean County Farm Bureau, including membership information, visit www.mcfb.org.
Written by: Steve Fast