Agricultural Communications

College of ACES & College of Media


Newly Admitted Student Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for College of Media, College of ACES, and Ag Comm specific scholarships offered through the University of Illinois. Your award letter will indicate whether the scholarship is one-time or has specific criteria for re-issuing. Please see the "other relevant scholarships" section below for additional scholarships we've identified as holding potential for students interested in Ag Comm.

Agricultural Communications/ACES Scholarships

The Ag Comm program offers scholarships each year to admitted and current students in the program.  These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and carry awards of $500 - $1,000 each for the year awarded. Students are also eligable to recieve ACES Scholarships made available through the generous support of alumni and friends of the college. ACES awards approximately $1,100,000 in merit-based awards each academic year. 

These scholarships are administered by a committee of personnel from ACES, Media, and an Ag Comm facult member.  One application will make you eligible for any one of the several scholarships offered. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit as expressed through agricultural communications profession interests, efforts, achievements (including scholastic) and potentials in agricultural journalism and communications. This can and should be expressed in your essay on the application.

Newly admitted students are automatically considered for these scholarships. Current or continuing students who wish to apply for one of these scholarships should apply by going to the College of ACES scholarship page

College of Media Scholarships

Ag Comm students are also eligible to apply for Media scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded based on merit and area of academic interest (advertising or journalism). 

Other Relevant Scholarships

Many companies and organizations offer scholarships that are ideal for agricultural communications students (current and prospective) to apply for. Several scholarships are listed below. For more scholarships and other information, you can view

Scholarship Link Notes
Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Application materials due March 1, 2017
Agriculture Future of America Application materials due March 18, 2016
Livestock Publications Council: Forrest Bassford Scholarship Application matericals due February 16, 2016
American Hereford Association Multiple scholarship offerings, materials due April 1, 2016
National Corn Growers Association Application materials due December 11, 2015
CME Beef Industry Scholarship Application materials due mid-December
FFA Scholarships Some require FFA membership, others do not; Application materials postmarked no later than February 1, 2016
Foremost Farms Agricultural Education Scholarships Application materials due February 20, 2016
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Scholarship Program Application materials due February 29, 2016
Illinois Beef Association Application materials due March 1, 2016
Illinois 4H Multiple scholarship offerings; materials due March 1, 2016
Growmark Essay contest materials for the state of Illinois due March 1, 2016
Yamaha ACT Scholarship Application materials must be received by March 31, 2016
American Agricultural Editor's Association (AAEA) Scholarship for Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Application materials due February 22, 2016
University of Illinois Employees Credit Union Application materials due March 31, 2016
Illinois Pork Producers Association Multiple scholarship offerings; application materials due April 1 and May 1, 2016

The Agricultural Communications Council (ARC)

Application materials due March 1, 2016
National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Application materials due April 22, 2016
Illinois Agri-Women Application materials postmarked no later than May 30, 2016
American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Application materials must be received by June 1, 2016
National Association of Farm Broadcasting Application materials postmarked by June 6, 2016