Agriculture Student Scholarships
Harvest Some Financial Aid
Individuals interested in pursuing an education in the field of Agriculture and related subject areas can apply for funding from several sources to help them achieve their educational goals. Perhaps one of the following programs may be of assistance:
Monsanto Company Agriculture Scholarship
High school seniors living anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply for one of 100 scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 each. The purpose of these one-time awards is to help finance students from farming families who have chosen to major in an agriculture-related area of study.
The Selection Committee evaluates such factors as academic achievement, GPA scores, participation in extracurricular activities, and the contents of a personal essay submitted by each applicant when choosing scholarship recipients.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholars Program
The Program awards over 35 scholarships to students attending one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions, 18 universities in all. Funds are provided to pay for tuition, books, fees, and living expenses for four years, along with a computer and software. Successful applicants will also work for the US Department of Agriculture while attending school and be entitled to employee benefits.
Applicants for this scholarship program must be first-year college students studying Agriculture, Natural Resources, Food, or a related subject area with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a combined score of 1500 or more on the SAT.
For each year that they received funding, recipients will work for the Department of Agriculture for a one-year period.
1st Farm Credit Services "At the Heart of a Growing America" Agricultural Scholarship Program
High school seniors either living or attending school in the area serviced by 1st Farm Credit Services who are planning on studying Agriculture are eligible to apply for one of more than 20 - $750.00 scholarships.
Academic achievement, the content of a personal essay, and level of involvement in community and youth agricultural organizations will be taken into account by the Selection Committee when determining which applicants will be awarded scholarships.
United Agribusiness League Scholarship Program
Students studying agriculture-related subjects who reside in the United States, Canada, or Mexico are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
A completed application form, a resume, three letters of recommendation, and an essay (the topic is assigned each year) are to be submitted by all interested individuals. Financial need will be considered by the selection committee if the applicant makes a specific request for the same. In that case, supporting documentation (bank statements, tax forms, etc.) for the applicant and his or her family will be required.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Collegiate Scholarship Programs
Both high school seniors and college students who are FFA members are eligible to apply for scholarship funds under this program. Scholarship monies are to be used to pay for tuition, books, fees, supplies, and accommodation expenses. In addition to GPA and academic ranking, such factors as community service, FFA participation, and leadership ability are considered when selecting successful applicants.
American Agri-Women - Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships
Each year, several $500.00 scholarships are made available to farm and ranch women (and their daughters) to help defray the cost of tuition for agriculture-related studies. High-school graduates who can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply.
North Dakota State University - College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources
The College offers many scholarship opportunities to both first year and transfer students, ranging from $100.00-$2,000.00 per annum. Both general scholarships (open to all students at the College) and program-specific scholarships are available.
All persons who have applied or been accepted to the College are eligible to apply for funding. Monies are awarded based on academic achievement (high school transcripts and SAT scores), not on financial need.
Utah State University - College of Agriculture
A great number (over 100!) scholarships, assistantships, and internships are available through the College of Agriculture. Freshmen, transfer, and continuing education students have the convenience of using one application form to be considered for all scholarships offered.
The Selection Committee considers a number of factors when selecting scholarship recipients: agricultural experience, a student's goals, financial need, involvement in community organizations, and academic achievement.
The AgCredit Scholarships provide $1,000.00 in funding to students in the Agriculture Production or Agricultural Business Management Programs. Five such scholarships will be awarded; two based on academic achievement and three based on demonstrated financial need.
Oregon State University - College of Agricultural Sciences
All students at the College of Agricultural Sciences are encouraged to apply for available scholarships. By filling in one application form, an individual can be considered for all the scholarship programs, of which there are more than 100.
All first-year students applying for financial assistance are required to submit a completed application form (available online), high-school transcripts and SAT scores, along with a personal statement for consideration.