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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. Scholarship award letters indicate whether the scholarship is one-time or has specific criteria for it to be re-issued. Please see the "other relevant scholarships" section below for additional scholarships that have been 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. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and carry awards of $500 - $1,000 each for the year awarded. Students are also eligible to receive ACES scholarships made available through the generous support of alumni and friends of the college. ACES awards approximately $1.1 million in merit-based awards each academic year.

These scholarships are administered by a committee composed of representatives from ACES, Media, and the Ag Comm Program. An application makes students eligible for any of several scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit as determined by the applicants' agricultural communications professional interests, activities, achievements (including scholastic) and potentials in the field. 

Newly admitted students are automatically considered for these scholarships. Current or continuing students who wish to apply for one of these scholarships can do so 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 are 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 current and prospective Ag Comm students . Some of these are listed below. For more scholarships and other information, please see

View an extensive list of 2019 scholarships for Agricultural Communications students here.

Scholarship Link Notes
Cargill Global Scholars Program Information session on January 24, 2019, 3:30-4:30 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore.
Fred S. Bailey International Service Travel Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders Application materials due February 19, 2019.
National Press Photographers Foundation Visit link for specific due dates; multiple scholarships with different deadlines.
Udall Foundation Environmental & Native American Scholarships Application materials due at noon on February 7, 2019.
Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Application materials due April 15, 2019.
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 1, 2018
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 18, 2019.
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 March 31, 2019.
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
Danziger & De Llano, LLP. Application materials due  August 15, 2018
Beinecke Foundation Application materials due January 24, 2019 at noon.