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 35-40 National Leader and Academic Scholarships annually. The different opportunities are listed below.
Applications for 2014 National Leader and Academic Scholarships are closed.
Applications for 2015 scholarships will open in December 2014.
AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarships Include:
AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships: AFA provides 25-30 AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors or current college students , enrolling/enrolled in a agriculture-related, four-year degree program in the United States. These scholarships are supported by AFA Organizational Partners.
Water Street Solutions provides three AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students from the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. Students eligible to receive the Water Street Solutions scholarships include graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria above and current college students who plan to complete agriculture-related, four-year degree programs and have not yet attended AFA Leaders Conference.
- DFA Cares Foundation provides two AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students from throughout the country who express an interest in a career in the dairy industry. High school seniors, as well as current undergraduate college students, are eligible to apply.
- The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, named after the late Founder of AMC Theaters and active philanthropist, provides five AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students identified and selected by AFA. The Trustees of the Foundation believe in continuing to provide access to education and are assisting in this effort by providing these five scholarships to deserving AFA delegates. These scholarships are only available for graduating high school seniors.
- The Cyr Foundation provides three AFA Leader and Academic
scholarships. The Roderick J. And Jo Anne Cyr Foundation is proud to
support this initiative for their long-standing belief in youth and
education. Rod grew up on a farm in Maine and the family is still
supportive of his interests and agrarian initiatives. High school
seniors, as well as current undergraduate college students, are eligible
- The California Cotton Alliance is a non-profit foundation with a primary mission to provide funding for cotton research. Additionally, however, the Alliance wishes to support academic and scholarship initiatives throughout the state of California. The Alliance is providing five scholarships to students currently attending California institutions and pursuing an agriculture or related major. Preference will be giving to students originally from the state of California, but scholarships are not limited to that criteria.
- The Belles of the American Royal (BOTAR) Organization provides one AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship to a female, Midwest agriculture student with a special interest in agriculture education . This scholarship provides a $3,200 academic tuition/fees scholarship, $1,000 registration fee for AFA Leaders Conference and a $200 travel stipend for the student to attend the BOTAR General Membership Meeting in January of her scholarship year.
Students eligible to receive the 2014 AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship provided by BOTAR must:
- Be a female student pursuing a four-year degree in Agriculture Education or related field in the Midwest.
- Students may pursue a four-year degree through a community college where an associate degree will transfer into a four-year program.
- Attend the BOTAR General Membership Meeting in January 2015
- Meet all the AFA scholarship criteria and requirements listed above.
- Please list any involvement in or volunteer work at the American Royal. This is not a requirement.
Details and Eligibility Criteria
- The same application will be used for all scholarships offered
by AFA. The various National scholarship opportunities and eligibility
requirements are outlined above; you must only fill out the application
once to be considered for all awards. Please note the additional
requirements for the Water Street Solutions and BOTAR scholarships.
- AFA scholarship 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.
- All scholarships include 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. (Dates of 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.
- 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
- Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career
vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Please contact Derek Mulhern
at 888-472-4232 with questions.