Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship - Annie’s Homegrown might be best known for their organic macaroni and cheese or their rabbit-shaped snacks. But the company also offers impressive scholarships for agriculture students. Each year, Annie’s awards their Agriculture Scholarship, which divides $100,000 among students who will have a future impact on sustainable farming. Amount: First-place winners receive $10,000 towards their tuition, and runners-up receive $2,500
USDA William Helms Scholarship - The USDA is dedicated to more than experienced agriculturists. Each year, students studying agriculture or a related biology-based subject can apply for a scholarship that's renewable annually until the winner graduates. And there’s more to the award than money. Students who win the William Helms Scholarship receive mentoring and a paid internship with the USDA over their summer and winter breaks. Upon graduation, they are also considered for a permanent position within the company. In order to qualify, students must craft a personal letter that explains why they’ve chosen to major in agriculture and what they hope to do after college. Amount: $5,000 renewable annually until the winner graduates
NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship - Each year, the National Corn Growers Association offers five college students scholarships to fund their agriculture education. Along with the prize money and recognition at the annual awards banquet, winners also receive tickets to the NCGA Commodity Classic in Nashville, with all transportation and lodging fees covered. Attending the Classic allows students to learn about the agriculture industry and see its professionals at work. Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship don’t need to be pursuing a corn-related career, though. Majoring in any agriculture related field, including business or viticulture, is allowed. Applicants must write a 500 word essay on why they wish to pursue an agricultural career. Amount: $1,000
CHS Scholarship - Missing a scholarship’s deadline can be the most frustrating part of the application process. Luckily, the CHS Foundation offers scholarships throughout the year. Students can apply for one of three different deadlines, and the awards are plentiful as well. CHS offers two-year scholarship programs, for students in a two-year college program, and four-year scholarship programs, for those in four-year university farming programs. CHS also offers 50 high school students scholarships worth $1,000, however, they must have in interest in pursuing a career in agriculture. Amount: $1,000 award that's renewable until graduation and members of farming clubs on campus are eligible for an additional $1,000
National Holstein Women’s Scholarship - Agriculture is a field traditionally dominated by men. Yet the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization hopes to change this fact. Formed in 1980, the organization has dedicated over 20 years to educating young women on farming practices and technology. NHWSO has awarded over $157,000 and 139 scholarships in its history.
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United States Department of Agriculture sponsors a variety of scholarships for students pursuing degrees and careers in agricultural related fields. These programs are open to students across the country, and students can apply through the financial aid offices of their college of choice.
The USDA/Tribal Scholars Program provides scholarships to students attending one of the 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges or Universities. Scholarships are available for students pursuing degrees in food science, agricultural science and natural resource management. Award amounts vary according to school, course of study, and financial need.
The William Helms Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance, as well as summer internships, for students pursuing degrees in plant pathology, biology, ecology and entomology. The program is currently undergoing a revision to bring it in line with other USDA supported scholarship programs. Students are encouraged to check the USDA website for updates on the return of William Helms Scholarship Program.
The USDA Internship Program offers paid work experience for high school graduates and undergraduate college students who are pursuing a degree and a career in an agricultural related field. Interns may work during the summer, fall or spring.
1st Farm Credit Services supports America’s farming families with home and business loans, as well as a full range of agribusiness insurance policies. 1st Farm also offers a number of scholarships for students pursuing farm related agricultural degrees at an accredited college or university in the state of Illinois.
The First Choice Agricultural Scholarship for High School Seniors provides $1500 to high school graduates who have been accepted into an agricultural related program at a college or university within the state of Illinois. Awards are determined by academic achievement. 24 scholarships are awarded every year.
The 1st Farm Community College Scholarship awards $500 to eligible students enrolled in an agricultural studies program at a participating Illinois Community College. Awards are determined on the basis of academic achievement and involvement in community service.
Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship for female students between the ages of 18 and 24 who are enrolled in an agricultural related program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be farmers, ranchers, or the wife or daughter of a farmer or rancher. Awards are determined on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. The one time award amount is $1000.
The National Potato Council awards one annual $10,000 scholarship to a graduate level student conducting research that will benefit the potato industry. The winner is selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential, and potato-related area of graduate study.
The United Agribusiness League offers annual scholarships for students studying agriculture-related subjects in the United States, Canada or Mexico. More than $75,000 in scholarships are awarded every year. Eligible applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and must submit three letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer and volunteer organization. Award amounts vary according to course of study, and college of attendance.