Agricultural Studies Scholarships

Numerous scholarships are available to help offset the cost of your degree in agriculture.

By Ashley Henshaw | February 17, 2017

There are a number of scholarships available to students interested in agriculture.

Are you interested in pursuing a degree in agriculture? If so, there’s good news: A number of prestigious and generous agricultural scholarships are currently being offered to students in this field. If you’re a high school senior or an undergraduate student hoping to study agriculture, check out these top scholarship opportunities.

Because of the increased interest in sustainable, locally grown and organic foods, now is a great time to think about a career in agriculture.

United States Department of Agriculture Scholarship Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a number of excellent scholarship opportunities for agriculture students. Awards for these scholarships range from $5,000 to annually renewable full-tuition scholarships. In addition, recipients may be asked to participate in paid internships or offered employment with the USDA. The following scholarship programs are available:

  • 1994 Tribal Scholars Program: Open to students at 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Public Service Leaders Scholars: Open to students interested in public service
  • William Helms Scholarship Program: Open to students pursuing a career in plant pathology, biology, virology, ecology or entomology
  • Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Program: Open to students interested in public veterinary health

National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarship Program

The National FFA Scholarship Program awards over $2 million in scholarship funds each year. There are over 1,500 scholarships available, many of which are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. Students only need to fill out one application to be considered for all of the foundation’s scholarship opportunities. Recipients are selected based on work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership skills and academics. Although both members and non-members are considered for scholarship funding, FFA involvement is taken into account when selecting award recipients.

CHS Foundation Scholarships

CHS Foundation Scholarships are offered by CHS, Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the country. There are three scholarship opportunities available through the CHS Foundation:

  • High School Scholarship Program: Available to graduating high school seniors pursuing an agriculture-related major at a two- or four-year college. Fifty $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually.
  • Two-Year College Scholarship Program: Available to first-year agricultural students at a two-year college. There are 25 $1,000 scholarships awarded annually.
  • University Scholarship Program: Available to agriculture students at one of several participating universities. Preference is given to students interested in agricultural-based cooperatives. Nearly 150 $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually, and students may be eligible to receive the award for multiple years.

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships

Students pursuing a degree in sustainable and organic agriculture should apply for an Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in this discipline. Eligible students may be selected for a scholarship of either $2,500 or $10,000. The company awards a total of $100,000 in scholarships each year.

Annie's Sustainable Agricultural Scholarship is targeted towards students interested in sustainable agricultural practices.


Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

Established in 1991 to “honor the memory of those courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation,” the Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships program offers $1,000 awards to women pursuing an education in agriculture. To be eligible, an applicant must be a farmer or rancher (or the wife, daughter or other close relative of a person employed in agriculture) and be able to demonstrate economic or financial need. There are two scholarship funds: one for those ages 18 to 23 and one for women ages 24 and up.

National Holstein Women’s Scholarship

Another opportunity for women in agriculture is available through the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship. This scholarship is available to female Holstein Association members pursuing a degree in an agriculturally-related course of study. The total amount and number of scholarships awarded varies based on the funds received at an annual auction, but a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship is always awarded. Students must have completed one year at a college, university or technical school to be eligible. A personal video must be submitted with each application.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship program awards scholarships in a number of fields that are closely related to agriculture. Students who are currently enrolled in the second year of a four-year program or the third year of a five-year program with a GPA of 3.0 or better are invited to apply. Students must have a declared major in a field dealing with oceanic or atmospheric science, including but not limited to the following: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; engineering; remote sensing technology; and physical sciences like geography, physics and hydrology. Students selected for the scholarship receive up to $8,000 per year in financial assistance and a full-time summer internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility.

Because of the increased interest in sustainable, locally grown and organic foods, now is a great time to think about a career in agriculture. To find additional agricultural scholarship opportunities, check out Campus Explorer’s scholarship search tool.

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