McLean County Farm Bureau

MCFB Creates Ag Scholarship Fund at Heartland


McLean County Farm Bureau is giving a boost to Heartland Community College students looking to start a career in agriculture.

A $25,000 donation from the McLean County Farm Bureau will establish an endowed scholarship 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. Scholarship recipients must be a graduate of a McLean County high school and must be a Farm Bureau member or dependent.

“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.

“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.

Heartland offers a number of degree and certificate programs to prepare students for a career or further education in Agriculture:

  • Degrees: Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science
  • Certificates: Agriculture Business, Agronomy, Precision Agriculture and Regenerative Agriculture

Heartland recently expanded Ag programming to match the employment picture of the area.

“Our partnership with Heartland Community College is designed to attract and keep more students who are interested in agriculture in Central Illinois,” Hines said. “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.”

For more information on the McLean County Farm Bureau Ag Scholarship contact the HCC Financial Aid Office at or 309-268-8020.