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.
  • 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 2015, CHS and the CHS Foundation increased its scholarship awards by 25 percent. This also included expanding the program to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields of study and opening the application program to Canadian students.  The 2015 application process is now closed and recipients will be announced in May. Applications for the 2016/17 school year will be available in January 2016.

    CHS also funds more than 200 scholarships to students enrolled in an agricultural-related program at partnering two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.  These scholarships are administered directly by our partner universities/colleges.  For more information click here.

    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