FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
1.When will I know if I have received a scholarship?
Winners will be notified via email April 28, 2023 and published here on our website. A news release will be published June 1, 2023 in our membership newspaper, "Agriculture Advocate".
2. When will I receive the money?
Checks will be distributed to respective colleges following a successful completion of the following semester. A successful semester is deemed as a "C" average. A transcript must be sent to the Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation office. Once we receive your transcript and verify your successful semester we will issue the check to your college. Scholarships may be distributed as early as January 12, 2024.
3. Does the amount I receive in scholarships affect my eligibility for financial aid?
Yes. We will send the scholarship money directly to your college you are attending as credit towards your tuition. Your school will most likely adjust your unmet financial need accordingly. It is best to talk with the bursar office at your university.
4. If I am eligible for multiple Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships do I need to apply more than once?
No, with one exception. Fill out one application to apply for: Shelby County Farm Bureau Scholarship, Chris Barker Memorial Scholarship, Howard Buffett Scholarship, John Culumber Memorial Scholarship, and Richard, LeFern, and Peggy Soldner Scholarship. You may receive one of the scholarships above depending on your eligibility and judges scores. If you are also eligible for the Hunter Legacy Scholarship, that will require a separate application, found here.
5. Why do I have to be a member of Shelby County Farm Bureau?
The Shelby County Farm Bureau is a non-profit voluntary membership organization. Please review our Become A Member page for membership details.
6. How do I join Shelby County Farm Bureau?
You may become a member by filling out the online application here, calling our office to fill out the application via phone or by stopping by our office to fill out an application and pay dues. Dues will need to be renewed annually.
7. Do I need to meet requirements for all the scholarships to send in my application?
No. As long as you meet the requirements for at least one for the Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship requirements you may send in your applications. Our appointed judges will make note which scholarship each applicant qualifies for.
8. How do I submit my application?
There are two ways you can submit your application. 1 - you can submit your application online, or 2 - you can download and fill out the editable pdf document and mail in your application with attached appropriate documents. *Note*: If you choose to use the pdf document, please note the character restrictions. The pdf does not have the ability to count your characters. Both forms can be found on the Registration and Submission page.
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