Links to Ag Scholarships
Compiled By Jeanne Bernick
Monsanto Company Scholarship Program Will Award $1,500 Prizes
From Nov. 15, 2013 through Feb. 1, 2014, eligible students living in a rural area can visit FFA.org/scholarships to apply for one of many $1,500 scholarships that Monsanto Company will award as part of its America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program. The program is presented in conjunction with the National FFA Scholarship program and is available in 36 Crop Reporting Districts in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska and the Carolinas. In all, students living across 264 counties are eligible.
Before Feb. 8, 2014, eligible farmers may to go FFA.org/scholarships and endorse a student using the student's scholarship application ID. They may also call 877-267-3332. No purchase is necessary to apply or win.
Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania Announces 5 Scholarships
Pennsylvania residents enrolled in that state as full-time undergraduates studying a variety of agricultural fields can apply for one of five scholarships from the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania. Each scholarship totals $1,000. Students have the ability to apply and earn the scholarship in subsequent years. Winners must submit a completed application and will be selected using the following criteria:
- academic performance
- apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry
- evidence of leadership, character and integrity
- application compliance.
Applications are available on the Scholarships section of the center's website and must be received by June 1. Click here to visit the Scholarships page.
Iowa Soybean Association Offers Up To $15,000 in Scholarships
Iowa high school seniors who plan to study agriculture in college can apply for one of 10 scholarships each worth $1,500 awarded by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) this year. Applications will be accepted from high school seniors who reside in Iowa and plan to attend any ag-related college or university. Other criteria include: accumulated GPA of 3.0, community involvement, leadership experience, future plans in agriculture, a short essay regarding the student’s role in the future of agriculture and three letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to applicants whose parents or grandparents are or become policy dues-paying ISA members. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1 and may be mailed to Mary Whitcomb, Iowa Soybean Association, 1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 30. Application forms for the ISA’s Ag Scholarship Program are available at www.iasoybeans.com or from high school guidance counselors. For more information, call Whitcomb at 800-383-1423.
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
The FFA offers more than $2 million in scholarships each year under the provisions of the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.
$25,000 Up for Grabs in FMC "Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest"
As part of the celebration for their new Anthem herbicide (pending EPA registration) FMC is in search
of the best student version of the National Anthem. Students submit videos of themselves singing the National Anthem. The videos will be posted online and public voting will determine the final four. Those four finalists will be interviewed and will be recorded to perform on National TV. Online voting will also determine the grand prize winner. The first place winner recieves $10,000 the other three finalists receive $5,000 to be used toward college. Enter now! http://www.fmccrop.com/grower/Anthem-Singing-Contest.aspx
CHS Foundation University Scholarship
Students currently studying agriculture at select universities around the nation may be eligible to apply for a CHS Foundation University Scholarship. Nearly 150 $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually. To apply, eligible students should contact the financial aid, foundation or College of Agriculture offices of a participating university. Deadlines vary for individual universities. Any questions can be directed to 800-814-0506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Association
Women who are enrolled in college or university for agricultural business are eligible to apply for the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship. The scholarship association was formed to encourage young women to enter the agricultural business fields. Students interested in the scholarship should first become members of the Association (there is a small fee) so that they can stay up-to-date on all of the information pertaining to the scholarship. Scholarship applications are available at the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Association website at http://www.nhwso.com/.
USA Rice Federation Scholarship
This September, scholarship opportunities await high school seniors in rice-growing states as they head back to school. The USA Rice Federation’s National Rice Month scholarship contest, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, offers $8,500 in total scholarship awards.
The contest encourages eligible students in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas to conduct a promotion activity in September with U.S.-grown rice as the central theme.
The grand prize is a $4,000 scholarship and a trip for the grand-prize winner and a chaperone to the 2010 USA Rice Outlook Conference in Biloxi, MS, for the award presentation on Dec. 9. The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship and the third-place winner a $1,500 award.
Initiated by an act of Congress in 1991, this September marks the 20th annual National Rice Month celebration when America salutes its rice farmers, millers and everyone involved in the U.S. rice industry.
For more information, tips on planning NRM promotions and a scholarship application, visit the scholarship Web page.
Monsanto Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship
Must be a high school senior from a farm family with above-average academic record, and plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-related academic major at an accredited school. FFA membership is not required to be eligible for the scholarship program. Amount: $1,500. To apply, submit online application at http://scholarships.ffa.org.
Dekalb Ag Youth Scholarship
Available to both high school and collegiate students who are pursuing agricultural-related degrees and who demonstrate strong leadership skills and community involvement. FFA membership is not required to be eligible for the scholarship program. Submit online at http://scholarships.ffa.org, along with signature page.
Monsanto Roadrunner Scholarship
Established in 2006 and supported by employees who raise money for the FFA by running half and full marathons. Eligibility: Must be a high school senior from a farm family with above-average academic record, and plan to enroll as a full-time student in an agriculture-related academic major at an accredited school. Submit online application at http://scholarships.ffa.org/, along with signature page.
GROWMARK System Scholarship
Since 1960, GROWMARK has sponsored agriculture and accounting scholarships at several Midwest universities. Today we support more than 39 scholarships at 14 universities and four colleges in the Midwest and Ontario. In addition, GROWMARK sponsors six scholarships through the State FFA Foundation to students studying agriculture in local community colleges. Each school is responsible for the selection process and awarding the scholarships. Scholarship applications are available through local FFA advisors. For a list of participating universities, visit http://growmark.com/gmksyst/youth/scholarships_universities.htm
Pioneer International Scholarship
The Pioneer International Scholarship is designed to contribute to agricultural research and education by providing financial support for outstanding students working toward graduate level degrees in plant breeding at non-U.S. institutions. A committee established by Pioneer will review applications and select recipients based on their qualifications, including academic excellence; proposed study program/area, with consideration given to agronomic crops such as corn, soybeans, canola, sorghum, sunflower, wheat, alfalfa and rice; future professional plans; leadership and other experiences. For information, contact: Peter.Freymark@pioneer.com
USDA William Helms Scholarship Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture offers tuition assistance, mentoring, and summer work to college students interested in pursuing a career related plant pathology, biology, virology, ecology, and entomology. For information, visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/helms/index.shtml#PPQ
Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships
Daughters of American Agriculture Foundation provides $500 scholarships to farm, ranch and agribusiness women or their daughters in two categories: the Jean Ibendahl scholarship to high school graduates age 18-23 and the Sister Thomas More Bertels scholarship to women age 24 and over. The DAA Scholarship was created to honor the memory of those courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation and encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits. Eligibility: Must be a farmer, rancher or be the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture. There must be an economic or financial need. A copy of the applications and the submission information may be found on the AAW website (www.americanagriwomen.org).
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded to customer-members of Farm Credit or their children based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. Recipients of these Farm Credit scholarships must: Be college freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in good academic standing for the academic year in which the scholarship is received. For more information, visit: http://www.e-farmcredit.com/
National Corn Growers Association, BASF Scholarships
The National Corn Growers Association and chemical company BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in the 2012-13 school year in an agriculture-related field.
Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they, or a parent or legal guardian, must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 9.
Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2012. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend a portion of the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn., to be recognized at the NCGA Awards Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.
ASA Offers $5,000 College Scholarship to Current High School Senior