Ag Scholarship Sources

November 24, 2010 03:39 AM

As college tuition costs increase, financial aid support fails to keep up, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The report details the average annual cost of college at different types of institutions. The average annual cost at a four-year, nonprofit, private college is $35,000, while a four-year public college comes in at just under $14,000. The average annual tuition at a two-year public school is $7,000.

Public colleges have seen their tuition and room and board costs rise 30% from 1997. Private institutions have seen a 23% increase.

There are numerous agricultural companies, organizations and colleges that offer scholarships. Here are a just a few. Click here for more listings.

CHS Foundation University Scholarship: Students currently studying agriculture at select universities may be eligible to apply for a CHS Foundation University Scholarship. Each year, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to 150 students. Contact (800) 814-0506 or

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship: The Daughters of American Agriculture Foundation provides $500 scholarships to farm, ranch and agribusiness women or their daughters. Visit

Farm Credit Services of America: Students planning a career in agriculture or a related field are eligible to apply for a Farm Credit Services scholarship valued at $2,000. Visit

National FFA Organization: FFA offers more than $2 million in scholarships each year under the provisions of the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. Visit

Growmark System Scholarship: Growmark supports more than 39 scholarships at 14 universities and four colleges in the Midwest and Ontario. Scholarship applications are available through local FFA advisers. For a list of participating universities, visit

Monsanto Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship: Each year, Monsanto awards $1,500 scholarships through FFA to 100 high school seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-related academic major at an accredited school. Submit an online application at

National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization: Women enrolled in a college for agricultural business are eligible to apply for the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship. Applications are available at

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