Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Links to Ag Scholarships

Links to Ag Scholarships
Compiled By Jeanne Bernick

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.

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

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

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
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, 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, along with signature page.
GROWMARK System Scholarship
Since 1960, GROWMARK has sponsored agriculture and accounting scholarships at several MidwestOntario. 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 universities. Today we support more than 39 scholarships at 14 universities and four colleges in the Midwest and

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:

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:

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 (

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:

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