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 will award 35-40 National Leader and Academic Scholarships in 2013. The different opportunities are listed below.
Applications for 2013 scholarships are now closed.
Applications for 2014 scholarships will become available in late Fall 2013.
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 five AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students from the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio. Students eligible to receive the Water Street Solutions scholarships include graduating high school seniors that meet the criteria above and current college students who plan to complete agriculture-related, four-year degree programs.
All students wishing to be considered for the Water Street Solutions portion of the National scholarship will need to have three letters of recommendation. Please request one academic/school recommendation and two personal/professional recommendations be sent by your reviewer by mail directly to AFA. Mailing address: P.O. Box 414838, Kansas City, MO 64141-4838. Fax: 816-472-4239.
- 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 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 2013 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 2014
- 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. (Hyperlink to Conference website where dates of future
conferences are listed)
- 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 Emily Page
at 888-472-4232 with questions.