AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarship

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 40-50 National Leader and Academic Scholarships annually. The different opportunities are listed below.

Applications for 2015 scholarships are currently being accepted. Applications will close at midnight, Central Standard Time, on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarships Include:

  • AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships: AFA provides 30-35 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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 to apply.

  • 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 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.
    • Each year, two $1,500 academic tuition/fees scholarships are awarded. The scholarships also provide sponsorship for AFA Leaders Conference the Fall of the freshman year of college, a $1,000 value.
    • To be considered for this award, applicants must provide three letters of reference, under same or separate cover, that recognize the applicant’s personal, academic or leadership character. Letters should be received by the application deadline, and can be mailed to AFA at: Agriculture Future of America, ATTN: William J. Collins Scholarship, P.O. Box 414838, Kansas City, MO 64141


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 William J. Collins 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.
Eligibility Requirements
  • 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 Emily Page at 888-472-4232 with questions.

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