Who Can Apply:
- Be African American farmers, or dependent* children of African American farmers, with a verifiable farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency or Cooperative Extension Service
*Dependent children are defined as biological, step- or legally adopted children, age 26 and under, living in the farmer’s household or primarily supported by the farmer.
- Be African American high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in a farming or agriculture-related career through participation in 4H, FFA or a similar organization.
- Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate or graduate agriculture-related study. Field of study will be analyzed case by case for eligibility. Some examples of eligible study include, but not limited to: agricultural business, agricultural economics, agronomy and crop science, animal sciences, equestrian studies, farm and ranch management, food science, horticulture, soil science, sustainable agriculture and agricultural engineering.
- Plan to enroll full-time (if a dependent child of farmer or student with a demonstrated interest in a farming or agriculture-related career), or full-time or part-time (if a farmer) at an accredited two year or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
- A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
- A completed Applicant Appraisal Form (click to view and print the form).
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from non-family members; one from a farmer and one from a community leader.
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Amount: $2,500 to $5,000