Compeer Financial offers $180,000 in scholarships


The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, is offering 120 scholarships to students this year. High school seniors pursuing a post-secondary education and will study an agricultural field or have a rural background are encouraged to apply between now and March 16.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,500 for educational tuition expenses. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will provide 120 (40 per qualifying state) to students within the 144­ county services territory in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin of Compeer Financial.

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The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who have been accepted or will enroll at a university, college, or community/technical college. Eligible applicants will have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), reside in Compeer’s 144­ county services territory, and have a designated agriculture major or interest in an agriculture-­related field, or have an  agricultural or rural background. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, agricultural and community organization involvement, and essays.

To date, the Fund has awarded 225 scholarships to graduating seniors, totaling $337,500.

“It’s important to us to contribute to the future of agriculture in our communities,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “Our mission is to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America. We see a bright future for agriculture in these students.”

Students can find the scholarship application at Applications can be emailed to or submitted in person at a local Compeer Financial office. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 16. All applicants will be notified of their status 4-6 weeks after the March 16th deadline.

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