Illinois Beef Foundation

The Illinois Beef Foundation, Inc. was created by action of the Illinois Beef Association Board of Governors on November 20, 2015. The foundation is a non-profit corporation and operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Illinois Beef Foundation, Inc.’s purpose is to engage in educational, promotional, and charitable activities dedicated to the improvement of beef production in Illinois and the social and financial advancement of beef producers in Illinois. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to award college scholarships.

The affairs of the foundation are managed by its 10 member Board of Directors. The members of the Board of Directors include 4 members of the IBA Board of Governors nominated and elected by the IBA Board of Governors as well as 4 IBA members not serving on the IBA Board of Governors who are also nominated and elected annually by the IBA Board of Governors. The board also includes the IBA President serving as Chairman and the IBA Executive Vice President serving as a non-voting Secretary/Treasurer.

Applications will be reviewed by the Illinois Beef Foundation Board of Directors.

Illinois Beef Foundation Scholarship

The Illinois Beef Foundation is offering scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Foundation recognizes the incredible talent of young, beef industry enthusiasts and helps them achieve their educational goals. To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time college student or high school senior and from a family that is an IBA member actively involved in beef production.

New this year

The Illinois Beef Foundation will be awarding scholarships in two (2) categories - junior and senior. Junior scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors. Senior scholarships will be awarded to full-time college students. Each Foundation scholarship recipient may only receive Foundation scholarships a maximum of two (2) times - once as a junior recipient and once as a senior recipient. This will affect 2022 scholarship recipients and on.

Applications are currently closed.

2024 IL Beef Foundation Scholarship Recipients

News Release

Junior recipients


Aubrey wagner

Onarga, IL


audrey curtin

Blue Mound, IL


drew mickey

Taylorville, IL


ella thacker

Walnut, IL

Senior recipients


Katelyn Engel

Galesburg, IL


Lilie Perry

Marshall, IL


Natalie Evans

Jacksonville, IL


Reese Anderson

Chrisman, IL