Agriculture Future of America supports academic development through partnerships with rural communities, agriculture organizations and colleges and universities. AFA offers financial support to students pursuing a four-year degree in an agriculture-related field.
Currently, AFA offers access to three different scholarship programs. All scholarship programs share one application. A brief description of each program is listed below.
AFA scholarship award details and eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Awards vary from community partner to nationally available scholarships.
- The same application will be used for all scholarships offered by AFA. Some scholarships may have additional requirements, so please read each scholarship detail closely.
- All scholarships include a leader development award to attend the AFA
Leaders Conference (November of scholarship year in Kansas City, Mo.),
of which full attendance is required to receive the full academic
scholarship. Learn more about AFA Leaders Conference
- Academic scholarship may be used for tuition and fees only. This may include books if paid for through a university charge account.
- Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision
and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need.
- Students must be enrolled in, or enrolling in, an agriculture-related, four-year degree program.
- Students must be a citizen of the United States of America to be eligible for AFA scholarship awards. International students studying in the United States are not eligible.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of selection. Students must remain in good academic standing with their college or university in order to access the scholarship funds.
- To receive scholarship funds, students are required to maintain full-time student status with their college or university unless there are special circumstances approved in advance by AFA.
- AFA scholarships are for undergraduate tuition only unless approved written consent is provided otherwise.
- Recipients may not be awarded more than one AFA scholarship per academic year.
- If a student has scholarship funds on hold with AFA, they are not eligible to receive another AFA scholarship.
AFA partners with rural communities to support local students preparing for a career in the agriculture and food industry. These scholarships are awarded locally through each partnership to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related program. AFA defines communities as the geographic area where funds are raised and applications are accepted, which may be a single rural community, a county, a business service area or multiple communities. Scholarship deadlines vary from community to community. AFA Community Scholars are awarded a $3,200 academic scholarship and sponsorship to the AFA Leaders Conference. Learn More
Click here to find if a community partner exists in your area.
AFA awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students enrolled in agriculture-related degree programs across the nation. Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA leader development programming and receive an academic scholarship the second semester of freshman year. These AFA scholarships are a $2,600 award; $1,000 leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference and a $1,600 academic scholarship upon successful attendance. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applications are typically due in March. Learn More
The William J. Collins scholarship was established to honor Mr. Collins upon his retirement from AgriBank, recognizing his many years of service. This scholarship is awarded to children of AgriBank district employees (Board of Directors excluded) who are graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related program. Applications are typically due in March. Learn More