Henry County Farm Bureau Scholarship Opportunities


The Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering up to six scholarships with a minimum of $1,500.   The Farm Bureau will be also be administering the following scholarships:  Wilbert and Carol Keppy Foundation – three each in the amount of $5,000; Kevin and Karen Urick Farm Bureau Legacy Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000; Glenn and Betty DeSmith Memorial Scholarship, three in the amount of $5,000 each; NEW this year, “Trade and Technical Program” Scholarship, up to two in the amount of $1,000 each.

Wilbert and Carol Keppy farmed and raised hogs along the Osco slab for decades.  The Keppy’s were instrumental in starting the Henry County Pork Producers and were among a group of pork producers throughout the state that started the Illinois Pork Producers in the early 1960s. The Keppy Foundation annually provides scholarships for students in Henry County.

The Kevin and Karen Urick Farm Bureau Legacy Scholarship honors a recipient from a farm family, that has been involved for multiple generations, in Henry County Farm Bureau.  Farm Bureau has impacted the Urick family for multiple generations.  This scholarship is designed to honor the organization that has served as an educational, social, and economic tool for its members, as the “Voice of Agriculture” in Henry County, since 1917.

The Glenn and Betty DeSmith Memorial Scholarship honors the life of Glenn and Betty DeSmith of Geneseo.  Glenn proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War from January 1951 to January 1953.  The DeSmith’s farmed southwest of Annawan until their retirement in 1990.  Glenn and Betty were very active in the community and their church.  Glenn served on the Henry County Farm Bureau Board and the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, receiving the Henry County Conservation award in 1975.  The DeSmith Memorial Scholarship recognizes students who are involved in the livestock industry and their family farms.

This year the HCFB Foundation Board is proud to announce a new scholarship that will award those pursuing a skill in a “Trade and Technical Program.”  Two scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $1,000, to individuals enrolled in a program and seeking skills benefiting agriculture in the area of study including, but not limited to, truck driving, welding, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, etc.

Any student who qualifies under the guidelines may submit an application for either or all scholarships.  Applications will be judged separately.

Applications must be received by or postmarked to the Henry County Farm Bureau® office, 128 N. Prospect Street, Cambridge, by March 10, 2023.  The Foundation Board will make the final selections after the deadline.

Applications may be obtained on the Henry County Farm Bureau website www.henrycofarmbureau.org or by emailing [email protected].

If you have any questions concerning the scholarship application or the Farm Bureau Foundation, please contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at 309-937-2411.

The Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation was formed in the Spring of 1984 to carry out charitable, scientific, literary, and educational work in the field of agriculture.  The Foundation awards scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors and college students pursing degrees in Agriculture.

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