Scholarships

Supporting the next generation of agriculture through land grant university and community college scholarships.

Four-Year Land Grant University Scholarships

Overview

We offer multiple annual scholarships to qualified students studying agriculture-related coursework at land grant universities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Scholarship Amount

$2,500


Scholarships Awarded

Eight per university


Qualifying Universities

  • Iowa State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Wyoming

Selection Criteria

  • College junior or senior in good academic standing for the academic year scholarship is received.
  • Enrolled in agriculture-related coursework at a land grant university in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming. See land grant online link for specific coursework emphasis criteria.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 preferred.
  • Preference is given to residents of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming.
  • One- to two-page essay on how the applicant plans to use his/her major in the chosen career (which must be in an agribusiness-related field).
  • Agricultural background or work-related experience in agriculture.
  • Previous Farm Credit Services of America scholarship winners are not eligible.

How To Apply

  • Confirm you are eligible based on the selection criteria.
  • Complete the online scholarship application for your university.
    Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln or University of Wyoming
  • Include a one- to two-page essay explaining your career plans following graduation, which must be in an agribusiness-related field.
  • Applications and essays are screened by the universities.
  • After the winners are determined, scholarship recipients will be notified.

Scholarship Applications

Iowa State University

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Apply

Amy Brandau

Academic Adviser

Department of Economics
166C Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1054
abrandau@iastate.edu
515-294-6147
www.iastate.edu 


Diann Burright

Director of Student Services

Ivy College of Business
1200 Gerdin Business Building
Ames, IA 50011-2027
burright@iastate.edu
515-294-8431
www.iastate.edu 

South Dakota State University

Deadline: March 13, 2023

Apply

Dr. Vikram V. Mistry

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
220 Raven Precision Agriculture Center
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
Vikram.mistry@sdstate.edu
605-688-5133
www.sdstate.edu 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Deadline: April 30, 2023

Online application will be available in February.

Melissa Sailors

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean’s Office
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
103 Ag Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0702
msailors2@unl.edu
402-472-7890
www.unl.edu 

University of Wyoming

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Apply

Sarah Kauer

Internship & Scholarship Coordinator

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Academic & Student Programs, AG 158
Dept 3354
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
skauer@uwyo.edu
307-766-4034
www.uwyo.edu/agprograms 

Four-Year College and University Scholarships

OVERVIEW

We offer annual $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing degree fields that help support agriculture, including agriculture, business, finance and technology in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Applications deadlines and processes vary by college.

Scholarship Amount

$2,500

Scholarships Awarded

Eight per college

Participating Colleges

8 four-year colleges and universities

Selection Criteria

  • Eligible students must be a current freshman, sophomore or junior.
  • Eligible candidates must be pursuing a degree for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Enrolled in degree fields that help support agriculture, including agriculture, business, finance and technology at one of the eight four-year colleges in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming. See links to apply directly through the school’s application process.
  • Candidates must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants preferred permanent residence is in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming or Kansas.

How To Apply

  • Confirm you are eligible based on the selection criteria.
  • Complete the scholarship application for your selected qualifying university either online or by contacting the school for a printed application.
  • Submit a one- to two-page essay explaining your career plans following graduation, which must be in an agribusiness-related field.
  • Applications and essays are screened by the universities.
  • After the winners are determined, Recipients will be notified.

Scholarship Applications

The following colleges offer $2,500 scholarships from FCSAmerica. To apply, follow the links for detailed application instructions and deadline information:

Two-Year Community College Scholarships

OVERVIEW

We offer annual scholarships to qualified students pursuing a degree in agriculture at participating community colleges and technical institutes in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Application deadlines and processes vary by college.

Scholarship Amount

$2,000

Scholarships Awarded

Two per college

Selection Criteria

  • Eligible candidates must be pursuing a degree in agriculture for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Eligible candidates must be a traditional (age 18–22) full-time sophomore student enrolled in agricultural coursework.
  • Candidates must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must have a permanent residence in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming.
  • Preference is given to those who intend to return to the farm/ranch or a farm-related job in a rural community.
  • Financial need will not be a consideration.

How to Apply

  • Confirm you are eligible based on the selection criteria.
  • Students apply directly through their selected participating college either online or on campus. Application deadlines and processes vary by college.
  • The top applications are selected and notified by the college and the FCSAmerica scholarships are processed through the college.
  • The scholarship amount is paid out as follows: $1,000 paid in fall 2019 semester and $1,000 paid in spring 2020 semester to each recipient.