Scholarships are a great way to cover costs for educational expenses inside and out of the classroom so you don’t rack up those student loans. There are a ton of opportunities available, if you’re willing to look. Let’s help get you started.
Here are a few places we suggest looking for scholarships within your community and nationwide:
- Local organizations like Farm Bureau, 4-H and FFA chapters, etc.
- Local businesses and employers
- Through your high school or university: School guidance counselor, career services office, alumni association, etc.
- Free, credible websites such as fastweb.com
- County or state fairs
Here are also a few scholarships specific to the agriculture industry. Don’t be afraid to look at scholarships in other possible areas though – scholarships for your areas of interests (sports, music, arts, etc.), nationality or heritage, or even on random topics like scholarships for left-handed people (those do exist!)
AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarship:
Agriculture Future of America provides support to future leaders in agriculture from across the country through the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship program. Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA’s leader development program and receive an academic scholarship to support their academic education. AFA awards 40-50 National Leader and Academic Scholarships annually. Applications can be found here, and are due March 18.
National FFA Scholarship
The National FFA Organization offers several scholarships to members who plan to further their education after high school. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. Scholarships are available to match a wide variety of skills, experiences, career goals and higher-education plans. Approximately $2 million in scholarship money is available each year. Applications are due by February 1.
Sullivan Supply/Stock Show U Scholarships:
Each year, Sullivan Supply offers 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to youth displaying a great passion for the livestock show industry and/or livestock production. Applications are due March 15 each year, and can be found on the Sullivan Supply website.
Hoard’s Dairyman Scholarship List:
Hoard’s Dairyman has a great list of national scholarships that aren’t limited to students just in the dairy industry. Check out the complete list online. Scholarships have a variety of deadlines from beginning of February to April.
Farm Credit National Scholarships:
Farm Credit offers scholarships in many of their offices across the nation. Requirements vary by organization and program, and most are based on the territory served by the Farm Credit organization. Scholarship descriptions and application deadlines can be found here.
United States Department of Agriculture Scholarships:
USDA offers a handful of scholarships with fairly specific requirements in areas of public relations, veterinary health and research. Application requirements can be found here.