Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Empowering future generations.

Building vibrant communities across America is a long-term commitment, and we’re proud to help grow leaders through our funding of university, cooperative education and rural youth leadership programs. Click here to learn how we grow future leaders.

Attention: The CHS and CHS Foundation grants management system will be down for maintenance April 1 through April 20.   Grant applications will not be available and payments will not be processed during this time.  Please prepare to have any time-sensitive requests submitted before March 20.  The normal grant application and review process will resume after April 20.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Cooperative Education

    In 2015, CHS and the CHS Foundation awarded 60 grants and nearly $1.5 million to cooperative education programs. Over the last five years nearly $6.5 million has been committed to cooperative education. Click here to learn about the types of cooperative education programs we support.

  • Rural Youth Leadership

    CHS provides support at the state, regional and national levels to a wide range of youth leadership development programs including:

    Click here to learn how to apply for a rural youth leadership grant.

  • University Partnerships

    CHS is committed to investing in future leaders through cooperative business and agriculture at the collegiate level through scholarships, grants and resources.  This program area is designed to encourage academic, professional and leadership development among today’s college students pursuing careers in the agriculture industry.

    In 2016, The CHS Foundation will award more than 300 scholarships to students with agriculture or energy related interests throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    The application period for the 2016/17 High School Scholarship program has now closed. Winners will be announced in June 2016. Click here for more information. 

    Questions about funding your leadership development project? Contact 1-800-814-0506 or

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The Klingenbergs rely on their CHS-aligned cooperative for excellent service and the latest technologies. "They provide detailed soil maps and help us determine different rates of inputs. We're a small player, so its good to know our cooperative is part of a bigger system that can negotiate prices and handle the logistics of world markets." --Derek & Kara Klingenberg | Peabody, Kansas