Students who are planning to major in agriculture may not realize that there are numerous scholarships geared towards helping them finance a higher education. Some of these scholarships are awarded through private companies while others are offered through the government. While it can take some digging, there are a number of ways that students can increase their chances of finding an agricultural scholarship. One way is to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students should check with the college or university to determine whether they have any school specific scholarships for students. In addition to those options, below are a number of agriculture scholarships for eligible students:
USDA William Helms Scholarship
This scholarship is unique in that it permits winners to renew the award until they graduate. In addition to a monetary prize, students receive enrichment experiences through a paid USDA internship and mentoring during school breaks. The scholarship provides students with an award worth $5,000 to defray the cost of their studies. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must hold at least a 2.5 grade point average and be a student in biology or agriculture. Students are required to write an essay, which explains their career choice and post-graduation plans. Additional information about the application process can be found at the following website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth.
Annie’s Homegrown Agriculture Scholarship
Annie’s, a company beloved by young children for their iconic bunny shaped food, offers scholarships to students who plan to improve farming practices. More specifically, the company looks for future leaders who will make farming more sustainable. This is judged based on the student’s original essay on organic and sustainable agriculture. In order to be eligible, students must attend either a two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Both graduate and undergraduate students are considered for the scholarships, provided that they are majoring in agriculture. Scholarships worth $2,500 are given to runner-up candidates while the first prize winner receives $100,000. Additional information can be found here: http://www.annies.com/giving-back/agricultural-scholarships.
CHS Foundation Scholarships
This foundation offers students in agriculture a number of different scholarships. There are about 50 scholarships available to high school students who demonstrate an interest in a career related to agriculture. Additionally, scholarships are available to college students who attend both two-year and four-year colleges or universities. Each award is worth $1,000 and can be renewed. The application deadline is April 1st, but the exact application instructions vary by scholarship type. Additional information about these awards can be found here: http://www.chsinc.com/stewardship/leadership-development.
True Leaf Market $1,000 Agricultural Sciences Award
This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in one of the following areas: botany, agriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, and plant science. Each year, two awards worth $1,000 are given to high achieving students. The scholarship allows students some choice in the application process in that students can either create a video tutorial or write an essay. Complete application instructions can be found here: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/scholarships-for-planting-sciences-from-true-leaf-market.