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Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Interns

Susie Thompson

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
2017 Scholarship Application (Fillable Form)
2017 Scholarship Application (PDF)
2017 Scholarship Application Cover Letter (PDF)
2017 Scholarship Brochure (PDF)
Scholarship Policies

INTERNSHIPS
2017 Internship Application (Word Doc)
2017 Internship Application (PDF)
2017 Internship Info (PDF)
2017 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 14 students who were selected to receive college scholarships for the 2017-2018 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 two AGCO Parts Division Scholarships.

Jessica Bowgren
Jessica Bowgren

Foundation President’s Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded its $1500 President’s Scholarship to Jessica Bowgren. 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. Jessica’s parents are Steve and Gaye Bowgren.

Jessica is from Maple Park and attends Kaneland High School. She has been active in FFA, Ukulele Club, and a member of the Kaneland varsity tennis team.  She served as Kaneland FFA Secretary for one year before being elected Vice President for two years in a row.

Jessica will attend Iowa State University, majoring in animal science.  Her passion for animals led her to select her major. In the future, she hopes to specialize in animal nutrition and would like to make the livestock industry better by creating diets, feeds, or supplements that can provide benefits to the entire agricultural industry.

Susie Thompson
Susie Thompson

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

Mary L. Heckel -Blickle Memorial Scholarship
Susie Thompson
has been awarded the Mary L. Heckle-Blickle Memorial Scholarship. Susie is from Maple Park and is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Thompson.

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.

After graduating from Burlington-Central High School and attending Joliet Junior College for one year, Susie served as the 2015-16 State Secretary for the Illinois Association FFA and was also very active in FFA during high school, serving as President, Vice President, and Secretary for Section 6, and as President and Secretary for Burlington-Central FFA. Susie received numerous awards within FFA, including Top 10 Illinois FFA Section President, the American FFA Degree, Outstanding Senior FFA member, Most Active FFA member, and the State FFA Degree.

Susie was also active in 4-H, the Joliet Junior College Student Agriculture Association Member, and CHS Student Council.

Currently she attends Illinois State University, majoring in Agricultural communications.

Allison Steininger
Allison Steininger


John Buck Memorial Scholarship

John Buck Memorial Scholarship
John Buck
Allison Steininger has 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 16th 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. 

Allison is from Elburn and graduated Kaneland High School in 2014 where she was involved in both FFA and 4-H, showing beef cattle.

Now attending Iowa State University and majoring in animal science, Allison is Treasurer of the Alliance for Disability Awareness Club and has been to the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Conference as well as the North American Junior Red Angus Event Quiz Bowl. Currently, Allison is an animal science major with hopes of getting a job in the animal nutrition field once she graduates.

Agriculture and golf were John Buck’s passions.  So it was only fitting that after his death from cancer in 2001, that his family and friends would keep his legacy alive by offering educational scholarships in those fields.  Buck founded Buck Brothers, Inc. and J.W. Turf, both of Hampshire, dealers and distributors of John Deere farm equipment and golf course maintenance equipment, respectively.

An endowment to the Foundation, supplemented by an annual John Buck Memorial Open golf outing, provides funds for $1000 scholarships for higher education for agriculture students.  Any student in Kane, DeKalb, McHenry, Boone, Lake, DuPage or Will County is eligible to apply.  A similar scholarship program was established by the family through the Midwest Golf Course Superintendent’s Association.

Erik Dunteman
Erik Dunteman
AGCO Scholarship
AGCO Employees

AGCO Parts Division Scholarship
Erik Dunteman has been awarded the first ever AGCO Parts Division Scholarship. Erik is the son of William and Kari Dunteman of Big Rock.

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

In high school, Erik was active in FFA and 4-H.  After graduating from Hinckley Big Rock High School in 2014, Erik chose to attend Iowa State University.

Erik is a part of the Iowa State SpaceX Hyperloop Pod design team and is an active member in the FarmHouse Fraternity.  Currently, he is studying mechanical engineering with the intention of specializing in agricultural mechanics. He hopes to one day be able to give back to the agricultural community by helping to engineer equipment to help advance the agriculture industry



Heidi Harbecke
Heidi Harbecke
 
AGCO Scholarship
AGCO Employees

Inaugural AGCO Global Women's Network Scholarship
Heidi Harbecke has been awarded the first ever AGCO Parts: AGCO Global Women’s Network Scholarship. Heidi is the daughter of Ron and Beth Harbecke of Sycamore.  

The AGCO Parts: AGCO GWN Scholarship was started in 2017 and provides a $1,000 college scholarship annually to a female student who resides in Illinois and is pursuing higher education in an agriculture related field. The scholarship is funded by the Employees of AGCO Parts in Batavia, IL.

Heidi is a senior at Sycamore High School In high school. She is active in the Sycamore FFA chapter, on the High School Soccer team, and on the high school volleyball team. Heidi is also involved in a wide variety of leadership roles in the Sycamore community, including the Big Sis Little Sis program.

Heidi hopes to attend Louisiana State University next year and major in engineering. She feels the field of engineering can greatly contribute to agriculture, an industry that has shaped the person she is today. A long-term goal Heidi has set in place for herself is to better the world and to not to be known by her name but rather by the impact she helps make, as impacts last longer than names.



Monica Zimmerman
Monica Zimmerman
 
Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
Chuck Swanson

Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation named Monica Zimmerman of Maple Park as the recipient of the $1000 Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship. Monica is the daughter of Steven and Julie Zimmerman

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. 

Monica graduated from Rosary High School in 2016 where she was both an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She was also active on the Debate Team, Student Ambassadors and Student Council.

Currently Monica attends University of Illinois where she studies crop science. She was introduced to agriculture while interning one summer for the University of Illinois Research Center. She hopes to eventually work in fruits and vegetables by both conventional and more advanced methods like vertical gardening or hydroponics.





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
Susie Thompson
Allison Steininger
Dunteman
Jessica Bowgren
Susie Thompson
Allison Steininger
Erik Dunteman
Heidi Harbecke
Minica Zimmerman
William Dumoulin
Jackson Kettelkamp
Heidi Harbecke
Monica Zimmerman
William Dumoulin
Jackson Kettelkamp
Jacie Panek
Catherine Gorenz
Vanessa Gould
Jaide Panek
Jacie Panek
Catherine Gorenz
Vanessa Gould
Jaide Panek
Alicia Sunderlage
Kyle Yorke
Alicia Sunderlage
Kyle Yorke
   


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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