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Today, most major areas of study offer students a number of scholarship opportunities. Agriculture majors are no different. In fact, there are a variety of agriculture scholarships available on campus, as well as off campus.
Most colleges and universities offer agriculture students general scholarships through the financial aid office, and departmental scholarships through the School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture, or agriculture department, depending on the institution.
Yet, the scholarship opportunities don’t have to end here. Agriculture majors can seek outside scholarships by using the Internet. Many local, regional, even national organizations offer agriculture scholarships to help students pay for college expenses.
Where to Find Free Money for Agriculture Majors
Scholarships, or ‘free money,’ are a great addition to a student’s financial aid package, because they don’t have to be repaid. Most scholarship options include those specific to a student’s area of study, or general awards, based on financial need and/or academic achievements.
Scholarships Administered by Colleges and Universities
Purdue University, in Indiana, offers one of the nation’s best agricultural academic programs. To assist agriculture students with the financial demands of funding a college education, a variety of scholarships are available. Here are a few examples:
- Richard & Suzanne Belcher Agriculture Scholarship—awarded to qualifying high school students. Award amounts vary.
- Agricultural Research Fund Scholarships—awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture. Award amount ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.
- John F. Benham Citizenship & Leadership Memorial Scholarship —awarded to senior level students in the College of Agriculture who demonstrate strong leadership skills. Amount awarded is $1,000.
At the University of Wisconsin—Platteville, agriculture majors can apply for scholarships specific to their area of study. Some scholarships include: Atten & Babler Agriculture Scholarship which is awarded to agriculture majors from an Illinois county, who has been involved in a FFA organization; Jeanne Brunette-Tregoning Scholarship—awarded to a female student pursuing a degree in agriculture with a strong moral character, which is renewable for up to four years.
Utah State University offers several agriculture scholarships. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange sponsors the Lois Britt Memorial Park Industry Scholarship Program. This program awards four students scholarship money in the amount of $2,500 each. Recipients must be interested in pursuing a career in the pork-industry. The Westchester Foundation offers scholarship money to any agriculture major. Award amount is typically $1,000 and can be renewed for up to four years.
Outside Scholarships for Agriculture Majors
In addition to scholarships offered by institutions, agriculture students can seek outside scholarships by using the Internet to find those administered and offered by associations, organizations, foundations, and corporations.
Here are some examples:
Monsanto Company offers three different agriculture scholarships to qualifying students.
- Monsanto Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1999 and currently awards 100 students per year in the amount of $1,500 each. Recipients must be high school students from farming families looking to earn a degree in an agriculture-related field.
- DeKalb AG Youth Scholarship: This award is given to either high school or college students pursuing agriculture degrees. Only ten students are selected. Each receives $2,500 in scholarship money.
- Monsanto Roadrunners Scholarship: Five high school students from farming families, pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field, are awarded $1,500 each.
The Daughters of American Agriculture Foundation offers two $500 scholarships to female students. The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship is awarded to high school graduates pursuing a career in agriculture; and, the Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship for women over the age of 24 who are pursuing a degree in agriculture.
1st Farm Credit Services offers the “At the Home of a Growing America” Scholarship. This scholarship awards up to 24 graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field. Applicants must be students within the 42 county service area of the company. Each recipient receives $1,000 in scholarship money to use towards college expenses.
Key Points about Agriculture Scholarships
- Check with the university or college you are attending for all general scholarships and other financial aid opportunities.
- Meet with staff from the agriculture department to determine what scholarships are available specifically for agriculture majors.
- Expand your scholarship search by using the Internet. Seek outside scholarships available to agriculture majors administered by organizations.