College Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. In the table below is a listing of scholarships available to youth majoring agriculture or with a dairy background. If you would like your scholarship added to our list, please send an email with all the information to
Agricultural Communicators Network
Scholarships: 1-$3,500 and 3-$1,500
Question: Laurie Bedord 515-284-2853 or email
Due: February 28
For members of the National ACT Organization 

Agriculture Future of America
AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships
Scholarships: Vary in amounts, but are at least $1,600 and include sponsorship to AFA Leaders Conference (worth $1,250). 
Questions: Johnna Wallingford 816-472-4232 or email
Due: March 9
For high school seniors and current undergraduate students enrolled in agriculture and food-related degree programs. Must attend AFA conference in Kansas City, Missouri in November 2022.

All-American Dairy Foundation, Inc.
Arthur W. Nesbitt Scholarship by the All-American Dairy Foundation
Scholarship: 1 – $1,000; 1 – $4,000
Questions: All-American Dairy Foundation
Due: July 15
Must have participated in at least one event at the All-American Dairy Show in the last nine years.

American Dairy Association North East
Leo Briggs Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$500
Questions: Joanne Tills 315-472-9143 or email
Due: Mid-December
For a student from New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, or Northern New Jersey with an interest in agriculture or dairy product nutrition.

Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$3,000
Questions: Cara Trotter 315-472-9143
Due: Mid-December
Must be enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or state resident.

American Guernsey Association
Scholarships: 1-$750, 3-$500
Questions: Brian Schnebly 614-339-5392 or email
Due: March/April
For AGA Junior Members. Requirements vary (see applications).

American Jersey Cattle Association
Scholarships: 15 awards totaling $38,350 (varies)
Questions: Kim Billman 614-755-5857 X: 334 or email
Due: July 1
For students who have experience with Jersey cattle. Varies depending on scholarship.

American Soybean Association & BASF
Scholarships: 1-$5000
Questions: 314-576-1770
Due: December 
For high school seniors whose immediate family are members of ASA .

Brown Swiss Association
Scholarships: 2-$1,000, 4-$500
Questions: Alicia Horn 608-365-4474 x: 22 or email
Due: March 31
For youth members majoring in agriculture, or for the purchase of a Brown Swiss calf.

California Farm Bureau
Scholarship Foundation
Scholarships: 20 to 30-$1,000 (Varies)
Questions: Darlene Licciardo 916-561-5520 or email
Due: February 1
For California residents. Varies depending on scholarship.

CentralStar Cooperative scholarship
Scholarship: 7-$1,000 scholarships
Questions: Dori Lichty 920-324-3744 or
Due: June 1
For students currently enrolled and attending a college, university or vocational school majoring in an ag-related field. Five scholarship are for four-year students and two are for two-year, technical school, or short course students. See the website for additional requirements. Must be a stockowner of CentralStar Cooperative.

CHS Foundation
Scholarships: 225-$1,000 to $2,000
Questions: Contact individual participating colleges
Due: Varies by college
For high school and college students pursuing an agriculture related field.

Compeer Financial
Fund for Rural America
Scholarships: Approx 40-$1,500
Questions: Melanie Olson 952-997-1255 or email
Due: March 15
For students who are residents of Compeer's territory.

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$1,000
Questions: JoDee Sattler 855-400-3242 or email
Due: Mid-February (February 23, 2022)
For a member or family member of DCHA and be a second-year student pursuing an agriculture-related field.

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships
Scholarships: Approx 40: $500, $1,000 or $1,500
Questions: 888-332-6455
Due: Mid-January
For students pursuing any aspect of the dairy industry ranging from herd management to nutrition, genetics, or communications. Applicants must also be enrolled in or planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college, university, or trade school.

Daughters of American Agriculture
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: 406-652-9678
Due: March 1, May 1, June 1, August 15, 2020 (depending on which scholarship)
For young women with agriculture work experience and financial need.

DMI/National Dairy Shrine
Milk Marketing Scholarships
Scholarships: 1-$1,500, 5-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-863-6333 or email
Due: April 15
For students planning a career in dairy product marketing.

Edge Dairy Farm Co-op Scholarship
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: Lauren Laubscher 715-584-7117 email
Due: April 30
For dependent children of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative members. Applicants may be high school seniors or college undergraduates.

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
Scholarships: 10-$1,000 and and two $750 specifically for technical college students
Questions: Janice Schyvinck 608-356-8311 Ext. 152 or email 
Due: November 29
Applications are evaluated on scholastic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities, motivation, and academic and personal goals. Applicants or parents must be an active member of the association. Students applying for the college scholarships must be at least a junior status at a four-year college/university. Technical college applicants need to have completed at least one semester at a technical college or short course.

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative
Scholarships: 25 to 35-$750 to $1,000
Questions:  Julie Sweney 608-286-1909 or email
Due: March 31
For members or family members of Family First Dairy Cooperative.

Farm Credit East
Scholarships: Approx. 30-$1,500
Questions: Kyle Bell 860-741-4380 or email 
Due: April 1
For Farm Credit East customers or dependents of customers.

Farm Credit West
Scholarships: Approx. 15-$1,500 (renewable)
Questions: Ernest Hodges 916-780-1166 or email 
Due: March 15
For Farm Credit West members and immediate family.

Farm Kids For College
Sponsored by National Farmers Organization
Scholarships: Approx. 3-$1,000
Questions: 515-292-2000 or email
Due: February 25
For high school seniors planning to major in an agriculture related field.

Feeding Tomorrow - Institute of Food Technologies
Scholarships: multiple: Varies, check website
Questions: Anna Proctor 312-782-8424 or email
Due: Varies depending on scholarship (October 15, February 15, April 15)
For food science/technology majors.

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA)
Tom Imbordino Dairy Science Scholarship
Scholarship: 1-$3,500
Due: End of May
Must be a college junior or senior in dairy or food science.

Foremost Farms USA
Scholarships: Varies-$3,000
Questions: Laura Milm 608-355-8798 or email
Due: March 2
Must be a child of a member or employee.

Scholarships: 4-$1,000
Questions: Terri Dallas 715-526-7530
Due: April 4
For high school seniors or undergraduate students attending a four-year college/university or a two-year technical college this fall. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. Applicants must be affiliated with a GENEX member

Lallemand Forward Scholarship
Scholarships: 3-$2,500 (undergraduate); 1-$3,000 (master's student); 1-$3,500 (Ph.D. student)
Application: Undergraduate application
Master's/Doctoral student application
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student application
Questions: Lauren Kasten (414) 393-4022 or
Submit application via email:
Due: September 30, 2021
For students who are excelling in their agriculture studies in the United States, Mexico or Canada. Undergraduate students, master's and doctoral students must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 out of 4.0 or equivalent.

Lely North America Future of Dairy Scholarship
Scholarships: 3-$1500
Due: October 31 (application available late summer)
For current or past 4-H or FFA members in the U.S. Students must also express an interest in a dairy related career path.

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative
Scholarships: 5-$1,000
Questions: Daniela Roland 814-386-8000 or email 
Due: Mid-February
For dependents or employees of members.

Midwest Dairy Association
Scholarships: Varies by state
Questions: 800-642-3895
Due: Varies (typically February, March and April); Most are due March 15
The awards are available for 7 regions in the Midwest. Must be an immediate family member of a dairy producer.

National Association of Farm Broadcasters
Scholarships: Varies-$5,000
Questions: Tom Brand 816-431-4032 or email
Due: June 8, 2022
For agricultural communications students with interest in broadcasting..

National Corn Growers & BASF
Scholarships: 5-$1,000
Questions: 636-733-9004 ext. 137
Due: December/January
For Students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field and who are immediate family of a national Corn Growers member.

National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
Scholarships: Approx 11-$2,500, 1-$3,500
Questions: Jolene Griffen 847-803-3200 or email
Due: April/May
(Sophomore through seniors) For majors in communications and/or public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agricultural education.

NDS/Iager Scholarship
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
Must be a second-year college student in a two-year agricultural college majoring in dairy or animal science.

NDS/Kildee Graduate Scholarships
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
The top 25 individuals in the past three National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contests or a member of the first or second-place team. .

NDS/Klussendorf Scholarship/McKown
Scholarships: 7-$1,500
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
For dairy science majors planning to enter into the dairy industry as a breeder, owner, herdsperson, or fitter.

NDS Lancaster Sophomore Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$1,500; 2-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
Must be an undergraduate sophomore at a four-year college

NDS/Maurice E. Core Scholarship
Scholarships: 3-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
Must be a current freshman student at a four-year college majoring in animal or dairy science with a communication emphasis.

NDS/McCullough Freshman Scholarships
Scholarships: 1-$1,500, 2-$1,000
Questions:Mike Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
For current undergraduate freshmen at four-year college majoring in animal or dairy science with a communications emphasis.

NDS/Mert Sowerby Junior Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$1,500, 2-$1,000
Questions: Mike Opperamn 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
Must be an undergraduate junior at a four-year college.

NDS/Senior Student Recognition Award
Scholarships: 1-$2,000; 3-$1,000
Questions: Mile Opperman 920-542-1003 or email
Due: April 15
Must be an undergraduate senior planning on a career in dairy

National DHIA Scholarship Program
Scholarships: 12-$1,000
Questions: JoDee Sattler 414-587-5839 or email
Due: December 31
Applicant must have an immediate family member that is on DHIA test or is a DHIA employee. Scholarships are awarded to incoming and continuing, full-time undergraduate students at technical, two-year and four-year institutions. Scholarships also offered for veterinary school students in their third or fourth year of the program, and must have declared a track or emphasis area.

National Farmers Union Foundation
Scholarships: Varies with multiple-$1,500 and $1,000
Questions: 202-554-1600
Due: April to May (3 different scholarships)
For high school seniors who are members of the Farmers Union and pursuing a career in agriculture.

National FFA Organization
Scholarships: 1,500-plus for a total of more than $2 million
Questions:  Email
Due: January 14
Must be a past or present FFA member

National Holstein Women's Scholarship Foundation
Scholarships: Varies, typically $8,000
Questions: Julie Ashton 815-766-0045 or email
Due: Mid-February
For members of the junior or senior member of the Holstein Association who have completed one year of college and are pursuing a career in an agricultural field.

National Milk Producers Federation Scholarship
Scholarships: Varies
Questions: Nicole Ayache 703-243-6111 or email
Due: First week of April
For graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) with majors that emphasize dairy.

National Poultry and Food Distributors Association
Scholarships: Varies -$4,000
Questions: 770-535-9901 or email 
Due: April 30
Must be a child of a NPFDA member of employee

Northwest Farm Credit Services
Scholarships: Various-$2,500
Questions: Heidi Whitman 509-340-5467
Due: March 1
For employees and customers in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska.
Any major is eligible, but preference is given to agriculture students.

North American International Livestock Exposition (Garland Bastin NAILE Scholarship)
Scholarship: 1-$1,000
Questions: Bobby Bell 502-367-5107 or email
Due: September 30
For a high school senior that exhibits dairy at NAILE.
Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association/Center for Dairy Excellence
Scholarships: Approx 2 - $3,000
Questions: Michelle Shearer email
Due: June 1
Students must be pursuing a dairy related career and must be an undergraduate enrolled in a qualifying field of study. Five of the scholarships awarded through the Student Leader Program will be designated at Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association Scholarships, while the remaining two will be designated as Center Foundation Scholarships.

Premier Future Ag Leaders Scholarship 
Scholarships: 1-$2,500 (Johnny Daniel Memorial Scholarship); 1-$2,500 (Wayne Dudley Scholarship); Additional $15,000 awarded
Questions: Kirk Sattazahn or Laura Williams 5610-698-4754 or 814-312-0051 or email Kirk or Laura
Due: January 31
For a college student majoring in agriculture who is a child of a Premier Select Sires member or customer in good standing.

Priority IAC
Scholarships: varies for a total of $4,000
Questions: Nicole Bruenig 920-682-0264 or email
Due: December 1
For immediate family of Priority One customers.

Red & White Dairy Cattle Association
Scholarships: Varies - $1,000
Questions: 608-790-5595
Due date depends on convention date (usually May 1). For members of RWDCA.

Sullivan Show Supply
Scholarships: 20-$1,000
Questions: Luke Doris  email
Due: March 15
For students with a passion for the livestock industry and/or raising livestock.

Targeting Excellence Scholarship
Scholarships: $1000-$3000ea / total of $200,000 to be awarded
Questions: Rachel Virden 678-448-2368 or email
Due: Early March (March 4, 2022)
Applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a College of Agriculture which offers courses in food animal production. Preference will be given to students who attend schools in regions where fundraising events were held. The preference regions for 2020 awards are Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. Additional consideration will be given to students who previously attended a Targeting Excellence event.

Trans Ova
Scholarships: 10-$1,500
Questions: Sara Kober 260-273-6275 or email 
Due: March 1
The scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students in their first or second year of undergraduate study. Students are not required to be studying in an agriculture field, but candidates are asked to show active involvement or future intent of involvement in the beef and/or dairy industries.

Turf and Ornamental Communications Association
Scholarships: 2-$2,500
Questions: Sandra O’Rourke 952-958-6340 or email
Due: April 15
For a student pursuing a career in green industry communications.

U.S. Ayrshire Breeders' Association
Scholarship: 1-$500
Questions: Becky Payne 614-335-0023 or email
Due: March 1
For a five-year junior association member planning a career in agriculture

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association
Scholarships: 2 - $1000
Questions: email
Due: January 31
For students in the UMDIA region pursuing a degree related to the dairy industry.

UnitedAg Scholarship
Scholarships: Varies
Questions: Jessica Lopez 800-223-4590 ext. 217 or email
Due: December 31
For students majoring in any field of study. Applicants must be affiliated with UnitedAg, either as a child/grandchild of a member or an employee of a member.

United Dairymen of Idaho
Scholarships: Various-$1,500
Questions: 208-736-1953 or
Due: Early March
For high school seniors that are immediate family members of licensed Idaho operations. The dairy must have a valid milk permit at the time the scholarship application is submitted.

WinField Careers in Agriculture
Scholarships: 4-$5,000
Questions: Erin Hilby 651-375-5618 or email
Due: May
For students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production or closely related fields. 

Wisconsin Holstein Association
Scholarships: Various awards totaling $16,000
Questions: 800-223-4269  or email
Due: March 1
For Wisconsin Holstein members.