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 who wish to pursue higher education in an agricultural related field.


The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Board has announced 27 students who were selected to receive college scholarships for the 2014-2015 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 award and the Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship.

General 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.

Hannah Weirich
Foundation President’s Scholarship
The $1,500 President’s Scholarship is reserved for the high school senior among Foundation scholarship applicants possessing the most outstanding combination of scholastics, activities, goals and ACT score. Hannah Weirich of Hinckley has been named the 2015 recipient. Hannah is a senior at Hinckley-Big Rock High School.  She has been an active member in FFA, serving as Chapter President, Vice-President and Secretary, as well as Treasurer and Secretary of Section 6.  Other activities include Honors Society, Spanish Club and several sports including volleyball, basketball and soccer.  Hannah will attend Kansas State University and her goal is to make a positive impact in people’s lives by becoming an agricultural education teacher. She said Ag education changed her life and sparked a passion for agriculture, leadership and community service.  Hannah’s parents are Michael and Joanne Weirich.


Alexandra Ruwe
Mary L. Heckel-Blickle
Mary L. Heckel -Blickle Memorial Scholarship
Alexandra Ruwe
of Maroa in Macon County was awarded the first-ever Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarship in April.  Alexandra is a high school senior at Maroa-Forsyth High School and plans to attend the University of Illinois this fall.Alexandra has been active in 4H and FFA, acting as President in both associations.  She received the State FFA Degree, Chapter Outstanding Member and Star Greenhand Award.  She is a member of National Honor Society and the Illinois Junior Dorset Association Board. Her ultimate goal after college is to become a large animal veterinarian.“I am proud of my connection to Illinois Agriculture, but even prouder of my ability to be an example and uphold the standards my parents and grandparents instilled in me,” Alexandra wrote in her scholarship application.  “I take my responsibility very seriously and believe through educational opportunities, volunteer projects and community service development I will leave a lasting impact.”The Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarship is a new scholarship for 2015 which 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.


Katie Arndt
Brenton Bartelt
Erik Dunteman
Bridget Halat

John Buck Memorial Scholarship
Four students were awarded a John Buck Memorial Scholarship in the spring of 2015. These students were selected from a pool of 33 applicants in a seven county area for the $1,000 award.

Katie Arndt will graduate from DeKalb High School this spring and has plans to major in Agricultural Education at Iowa State University. Katie has been active in 4H since she was five and has held several officer roles in FFA including Chapter President. She is the daughter of Ed and Darla Arndt of Malta.

Brenton Bartelt, son of Jonathan and Kristine Bartelt of Carpentersville, attends the University of Illinois majoring in Technical Systems Management.  He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Ag Mechanic Club.  He earned an appreciation for farming assisting his uncle and grandfather on the family farm.

Erik Dunteman is a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in mechanical engineering.  Erik works with graduate researchers at ISU in the Ag and Biosystems Department and continues to be involved in his family’s farming operation. Erik is the son of Bill and Kari Dunteman of Big Rock.

Bridget Halat, a senior at Genoa-Kingston High School, is the daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Halat of Genoa.  She will attend Iowa State University pursuing a degree in agricultural communications.  She has been involved with her parents’ grain farm from a young age and her goals include sharing her love for agriculture and teaching others about the industry.

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John Buck

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 Turk
Chuck Swanson
Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Board named Erick Turk of Elburn the recipient of the $1,000 Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.  Erick is the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Turk of Elburn.Erik is in his junior year studying agribusiness at Illinois State University.  He received an associate’s degree in business administration from Waubonsee Community College and earned Dean’s List honors there.  He is a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity.Growing up on a farm, learning about production and business practices, Erik said he has developed a passion for the industry.  He has worked for Conserv FS helping with plant operations as well as helping local farmers in the area.  He hopes to continue that work in his professional career to assist farmers within the region with their production practices.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.



2015-16 KCFB Foundation Scholarship Recipients ($1,000)
Marissa Chapa
Brent Sunderlage
Erin Kettelkamp
Erin Hughes
Alicia Sunderlage
Michael Gorenz
Alyssa Mish
Robert Dunteman
Allison Steininger
Wes Krug
Michael Long
Cody Pitstick
Tyler Fabrizius
Larisa Sica
Lauren Dunteman
Susie Thompson
Kelsey Gould
Haleigh Graham

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The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation was established to promote education, leadership development and research in agricultural fields. The Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and internships each year to area college students pursuing careers in one of Illinois’ largest Industries, agriculture.

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For assisting in the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation’s

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.


St. Charles, Illinois


30 undergraduate hours (communications or education emphasis preferred)

Minimum of 300 hours, minimum of 20 hours/week (summer) Minimum of 100 hours (winter) or 30 hours (spring)

up to $2500 to be paid at conclusion of internship (summer)
up to $750 (winter) and $300 (spring)

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


Steve Arnold, Executive Director 630-584-8660 or e-mail