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Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Interns

2016 Susie Thompson
Illinois State University

2015 Kristi Van Oost
Truman State University

2014 Kathryn Bohner
Illinois State University
2013 Larisa Sica
Kansas State University
2012 Dan Doeing
Iowa State University
2012 Sarah Weirich
Iowa State University
2012 Kayla Meyer University of Illinois
2011 Sarah Carson
University of Illinois
2011 Katie Dahlstrom
North Central College
2010 Kyle Manthei
Illinois State University
2010 Shawna Robertson
N. Dakota State Univ.
2009 & 2011Jillian Braun
Eastern Illinois University
2008 Kristen McMahon
Eastern Illinois University
2007 Ashley Kaburek
Illinois State University
2006 Kristen Anderson
University of Illinois
2005 Julie Drendel
University of Illinois
2004 Brenna Burnett
University of Illinois


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2017 Scholarship Application (Fillable Form)
2017 Scholarship Application (PDF)
2017 Scholarship Application Cover Letter (PDF)
2017 Scholarship Brochure (PDF)
Scholarship Policies

2017 Internship Application (Word Doc)
2017 Internship Application (PDF)
2017 Internship Info (PDF)
2017 Internship Flyer (PDF)

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 16 students who were selected to receive college scholarships for the 2016-2017 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.

Brad Gorenz
Brad Gorenz

Foundation President’s Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded its $1500 President’s Scholarship to Brad Gorenz. This honor is reserved for the high school senior among this year’s applicants with the most outstanding combination of scholastics, activities, goals, and ACT score. Brad’s parents are Edward and Anne Gorenz.

Brad is from Maple Park and attends Kaneland High School. He has been active in FFA and 4-H, science and Spanish clubs, and student council. He is on the Kaneland Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

Brad will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or UW Madison, majoring in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. His passion for plants and genetics led him to select his major. In the future, he would like to improve the overall farming experience and improve agricultural sustainability by developing new and improved varieties of crops. Brad hopes to study abroad during his time in college.

Cynthia Roberg

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Mary L. Heckel -Blickle Memorial Scholarship
Cynthia Roberg
has been awarded the Mary L. Heckle-Blickle Memorial Scholarship. Cynthia is from St. Charles and is the daughter of Matthew and Marianne Roberg.

The Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarship was started in 2015, and 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.

Cynthia attended Blackburn College where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is pursuing a doctorate of veterinary medicine with a specialization in large animal veterinary medicine.  She hopes to contribute to agriculture by providing medical care to livestock in rural areas, and plans to eventually open her own practice.

Cynthia is a member of Omega Tau Sigma, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Production Medicine club, Student American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Business Management Association, and Diagnostic Imaging club. She is on the U of I CVM Dean’s List, and was previously on Blackburn College’s Dean’s list. Cynthia was involved in 4-H, American Buckskin Registry Association, Fox Valley Saddle Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. She also volunteered for Kane County Farm Bureau at Touch A Tractor.

The Mary L. Heckel-Blickle Memorial Scholarshipprovides 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.

Luke Dunteman

John Buck Memorial Scholarship
Luke Dunteman has been awarded the Buck Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides $1000 for tuition and fees for these students pursuing higher education in an agriculture related field.

This marks the 15th year the scholarship has been awarded to students in the seven county service area around the Buck Bros./J.W.Turf John Deere dealership in Hampshire. It is made possible by gifts from the family and friends of John Buck, who established the company in 1977. 

Luke is from Elburn and attends St. Charles North High School. He is active on the tennis and basketball teams, peer leadership club, math national honors society, and DECA business club. He has won several awards in tennis.

Luke is currently deciding where he will attend college, and will major in agricultural engineering. He desires to contribute to the agriculture industry and guarantee it continues developing at the rate it is today. His goal is to develop a higher understanding of agricultural equipment and work to continue advancing it. Luke’s parents are Robert and Kelley Dunteman.


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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.

Susie Thompson
Chuck Swanson

Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation named Susie Thompson of Maple Park as the recipient of the $1000 Chuck Swanson Memorial Scholarship. Susie is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Thompson.

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. 

After graduating from Burlington-Central High School and attending Joliet Junior College for one year, Susie served as the 2015-16 State Secretary for the Illinois Association FFA. She was also very active in FFA during high school, serving as president, vice president, and secretary for Section 6, and as president and secretary for Burlington-Central FFA. Susie received numerous awards within FFA, including Top 10 Illinois FFA Section President, the American FFA Degree, Outstanding Senior FFA member, Most Active FFA member, and the State FFA Degree.

Susie was also active in 4-H, the Joliet Junior College Student Agriculture Association Member, and CHS Student Council.

Susie will attend Illinois State University to obtain a degree in Agriculture Education. Her goal is to educate her future students on the importance of agriculture, and expose them to the wide range of careers within the agricultural field.


2016-17 KCFB Foundation Scholarship Recipients ($1,000)
Brenton Bartelt
Erik Dunteman
Brenton Bartelt
Erik Dunteman
Erin Kettelkamp
Catherine Gorenz
Vanessa Gould
Alicia Sunderlage
Vanessa Gould
William Kuipers
Grace Fabrizius
Allison Steininger
Hannah Weirich
Lauren Dunteman
Erin Gaitsch

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

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