Updated January 5th, 2017

The National FFA Organization

Awards approximately $2 million scholarships each year. Scholarships are awarded to FFA members and non-members seeking a wide variety of career goals and higher education. You can find the FFA Scholarship program at: The 2016 Scholarship application will be available online until 5:00 p.m. February 1, 2017. (Required Signature Page must be mailed postmarked no later than February 8, 2017.) There are even scholarships available for non-FFA members. 4-H’ers should look at these.

Agricultural Scholarships

People that want to pursue a career in agriculture should know that there are many agriculture scholarships out there that can help them through college. If there is one occupation in this world that will never go out of fashion or demand, the most certain one is agriculture. As long as people live, they will eat. As long as they eat, there will be a demand for food grains and other agricultural products. Hence, agriculture is a fantastic career option. There are numerous agricultural companies, organizations and colleges that offer scholarships to students who have long term career goals in agriculture.


I suggest those individuals looking for scholarships either in their junior or senior years go to a web site called ScholarshipQuest! This free database contains over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. You can find it on the web at: http://www.educationquest.org

Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program

Winfield Solutions, LLC is once again providing a “Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program Scholarship” worth $1,000 will be awarded to 10 high school seniors and 10 first or second-year college students who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future. It is available to high school graduating seniors and first or second year college students pursuing 2 or 4-year degrees in agronomy, crop production, or closely related fields. To qualify for the program, a student must: Be a high school senior, graduating in spring of 2017, or be a college freshman or sophomore; Demonstrate leadership abilities and academic performance; Complete an application including two character references; and Write essays describing the importance of farmer cooperatives, and why he or she is interested in an agricultural career. http://www.winfield.com/News/36142_1517850

For an application for the scholarship you can go to: http://www.winfield.com/News/36142_1981135

NOTE: All applications must be postmarked by Feb. 10th, 2017

Fontanelle Hybrids 2017 Essay Contest

As proud members of your community, Fontanelle Hybrids are excited to give back – $1,000 at a time. They are offering fifteen, $1,000 prizes to high school seniors who are active members of 4-H, FFA or another certified agricultural organization through their 2017 Essay Contest. www.fontanelle.com/EssayContest/

FCS Scholarships

Each year FCS offers $2,500 and $5,000 scholarships to qualified college juniors and seniors studying agriculture or ag business at land grant universities. You can get more detailed information and specific amounts at: https://www.fcsamerica.com/products/scholarships . They also offer $1,000 annual scholarships to freshman and sophomore students studying agriculture or ag business programs at designated colleges in area states.

Nebraska 4-H Foundation 2017 Scholarship Applications

Please go to the Nebraska State 4-H Web site for details and applications @ http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/   Selection will be based on the following factors: influence of 4-H on individuals’ selection of future career, 4-H background, leadership abilities, resourcefulness, interest and desire for further education, and scholastic achievements. Scholarship availability may change at any time without prior notice. Note: Horse scholarship deadlines may vary. See individual descriptions on the web site. These scholarships include: Donna Wampler Endowed Scholarship ($200-$500); Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship ($1,000 each awarded to three individuals); Orschlen Industries Foundation Scholarship ($1,000 ea to four individuals); 4-H Legacy Scholarship ($1,000 to three individuals): Rose and Guy Richard McDonald Scholarship ($2,000 each awarded to two individuals); Horse Scholarship – Grand Island Saddle Club ($1,000); and R. B. Warren 4-H Horse Educational Scholarship ($500); New Scholarships include: Ron and Rita Horst Citizenship Scholarship: Kimberly Family Scholarship Fund; Renee Felt Schulte Scholarship; and the Tom Holman Scholarship. Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2017 and are to be emailed to pjeffries1@unl.edu or mail them directly to: Nebraska 4-H Foundation, 6940 O St, Ste 210, Lincoln NE 68510. http://ne4hfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2015Scholarship-Guidelines.pdf and for apps: http://ne4hfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2015-ScholarshipApplication-Form.pdf

Sorghum Producers Association Annual Scholarship

The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association announces it annual $400 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior or to a student currently enrolled in post-high school education.  To qualify, the student must plan to pursue a course of study in preparation for a career in agriculture or an ag-related field.  If the applicant is currently enrolled in college, his/her studies must be ag-oriented.  The applicant’s parents or guardian must be a member of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association.  Deadline to apply is February 1, 2017.  Application forms are available by contacting via email: sorghum.board@nebraska.gov


America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders

The Monsanto Company recently announced the continuation of America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a $1,500 college scholarship for students pursing degrees in agriculture-related fields. http://www.americasfarmers.com/recognitionprograms/grow-ag-leaders-apply-for-a-scholarship/. The application is administered through the National FFA Scholarship program, but students do not need to be a member of FFA to apply. The application can be found at FFA.org/scholarships.  Applicants will need to obtain the endorsement of three farmers. The endorsement period runs from November 15, 2016 – February 1, 2017. Farmers can endorse applications at FFA.org/scholarships or by calling 1-877-267-3332.

Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB)

The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards Scholarship Program for the 2017/18 academic year includes the following:  One $1,000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student).  One $500 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS.  Applications are due March 17th. Contact our office or check our website for a copy of the scholarship application.