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

    Over the last five years, nearly $6.5 million has been invested to support a broad range of programs and projects focused on cooperative education. We are currently making refinements to the cooperative education program. Emphasis will be placed on cooperative education projects that use fresh and innovative opportunities to educate and inform the next generation about cooperatives.  
    This competitive grants program will open in December and additional details will be posted on the CHS Foundation website in early December.  If you have specific questions, please contact us at

  • 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 were announced in June 2016. Click here for more information. 

     Recent awards to include: 
    • $2.5 million to NDSU 
    • $100,000 Lake Region State College
    • $100,000 to University of Illinois 
    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