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

Agriculture Future of America
AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships
Scholarships: 150-$1,600 academic, $1,000 sponsorship to AFA Leaders Conference
Questions: 816-472-4232
Due: March 11, 2020
For high school seniors and current college students pursuing 4-year degrees in an agriculture related field.

All-American Dairy Foundation, Inc.
Arthur W. Nesbitt Scholarship
Scholarship: 1 – at $1,000.00
Questions: 814-935-4905
Due: July 15, 2019
Previous participant in youth events at the All-American Dairy Show

Scholarship: 1 – at $1,000.00, 2 – $500.00
Questions: 804-240-1539
Due: January 15, 2020
Available to students in Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Illinois

American Agricultural Editors Association
Scholarships: 1-$2,000, 3-$1,000
Questions: 641-744-2114
Due: Mid-February
For members of the National ACT Organization.

American Guernsey Association
Scholarships: 1-$750, 3-$500
Questions: 614-864-2409
Due: March 31, 2020
For AGA Junior Members. Requirements vary (see applications).

American Jersey Cattle Association
Scholarships: 15 awards totaling $38,350
Questions: 614-332-4456
Due: July 1, 2020
For students who have experience with Jersey cattle.

American Soybean Association and BASF
Scholarships: 1-$5000
Questions: 314-576-1770
Due: December 1, 2019
For high school seniors whose immediate family are members of ASA .

Brown Swiss Association
Scholarships: 2-$1,000, 3-$500
Questions: 270-590-5881
Due: March 31, 2020
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
Questions: 916-561-5500
Due: February 1, 2020
For California residents.

CentralStar Cooperative scholarship
Scholarship: 7-$1,000 scholarships
Questions: Dori Lichty
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.

CHS Foundation
Scholarships: 300-$1,000 to $2,000
Questions: 800-814-0506 Ext. 3
Due: February 28, 2020
For high school and college students pursuing an agriculture related field.

Compeer Financial
Fund for Rural America
Scholarships: 40-$1,500
Questions: 952-997-1255
Due: March 16, 2020
For students who are residents of Compeer's territory.

CRI (AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc.)
Scholarships: 6-$750
Questions: 888-333-1783
Due: April 2, 2021
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 member of a CRI cooperative subsidiary (AgSource or Genex) by having an active role on the member's dairy or ranch.

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Scholarship
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: -855-400-3242
Due: February 20, 2020
For a member or family member of DCHA pursuing an agriculture related field.

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships
Scholarships: multiple-$500, $1,000 or 1500
Questions: 888-332-6455
Due: January 15, 2020
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: 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: 920-863-6333
Due: April 15, 2020
For students planning a career in dairy product marketing.

Edge Dairy Farm Co-op Scholarship
Scholarships: 2-$1,000
Questions: 920-883-0020
Due: Early May
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: 608-356-8311 Ext. 152
Due: November 30, 2020
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.

Farm First Dairy Cooperative
Scholarships: 25 to 35-$750 to $1,000
Questions: 608-244-3373
Due: March 31, 2020
For members or family members of Family First Dairy Cooperative.

Farm Kids For College
Sponsored by National Farmers Organization
Scholarships: 3-$1,000
Questions: 515-598-4670 or
Due: February 25, 2020
For high school seniors planning to major in an agriculture related field.

Farm Credit West
Scholarships: 15-$1,500
Due: February 15, 2020
For Farm Credit West members and immediate family.

Farm Credit East
Scholarships: 30-$1,500
Due: First week of April
For Farm Credit East customers or dependents of customers.

Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship
Scholarships: multiple: Varies, check website
Questions: 312-782-8424
Due: Varies depending on scholarship (October 15, February 15, April 15)
For food science/technology majors.

Lallemand Forward Scholarship
Scholarships: 3-$2,500 (undergraduate); 1-$3,000 (master's student); 1-$3,500 (Ph.D. student)
Application: Undergraduate application
Graduate student application
Doctorate student application
Questions: Lauren Kasten (414) 393-4022 or
Submit application via email:
Due: August 7, 2020
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, 2020
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.

Leo Briggs Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships: 1-$500
Application: email
Questions: 315-472-9143
Due: November 18, 2018
For a student from New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, or Northern New Jersey with an interest in agriculture or dairy product nutrition.

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative
Scholarships: 5-$1,000
Questions: 800-552-1976 Ext. 449 
Due: February 21, 2020
For dependents or employees of members.

NDS/Kildee Scholarships
Scholarships: 2-$3,000, 1-$1,500
Questions: 920-863-6333
Due: April 15, 2020
The top 25 individuals in the national 4-H/FFA and intercollegiate judging contests are eligible to apply.

NDS/Klussendorf Scholarship
Scholarships: 7-$1,500
Questions: 920-863-6333
Due: April 15, 2020
For dairy science majors planning to enter into the dairy industry as a breeder, owner, herdsperson, or fitter.

NDS/McCullough Scholarships
Scholarships: 1-$2,500, 1-$1,500
Questions: 920-863-6333
Due: April 15, 2020
For high school seniors planning to major in dairy and/or animal science and communications.

Midwest Dairy Association
Scholarships: Varies
Questions: 815-635-3333
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.

Murray Wise Associates
Scholarships: Several at $1,000 (renewable)
Questions: 800-607-6888
Due: April 5, 2020
Recipients are selected based on academic credentials, including class rank, grade point average and test scores. "Because we are seeking to identify and help future leaders, we also look for those who have demonstrated leadership qualities, especially in agriculture and community-based extracurricular activities."

National Association of Farm Broadcasters
Scholarships: 5-$5,000
Questions: 816-431-4032
Due: June 10, 2020
For agricultural communications students with interest in broadcasting.

National Ayrshire Youth Committee
Scholarship: 1-$500
Questions: 614-335-0020
Due: March 1, 2020
For a five-year junior association member planning a career in agriculture.

National Corn Growers and BASF
Scholarships: 5-$1,000
Questions: 636-733-9004 ext. 137
Due: December 1, 2019
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: 11-$2,500, 1-$3,500
Questions: 847-627-3335
Due: May 7, 2021
(Sophomore through seniors) For majors in communications and/or public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agricultural education.

National DHIA Scholarship Program
Scholarships: 22-$1,000
Questions: 414-587-5839
Due: November 30, 2021
Applicant must have an immediate family member that is on DHIA test or is a DHIA employee.

National Farmers Union Foundation
Scholarships: Multiple-$1,500, multiple-$1,000, 1 to 2-$1,000 to $2,000 total
Questions: 202-554-1600
Due: April to May (3 different scholarships)
For high school seniors who are members of the Farmers Union.

National FFA Organization
Scholarships: 1800-plus for a total of
more than $1 million
Due: February 1, 2020
Application packets are available online or from your FFA advisor.

National Holstein Women's Scholarship Foundation
Scholarships: Total-$8,000
Questions: 814-883-3551
Due: Mid February
For members of the Junior 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: 703-243-6111
Due: First week of April
For graduate students with majors that emphasize dairy.

National Poultry and Food Distributors Association
Scholarships: 5-$4,000
Questions: 770-535-9901
Due: April 30, 2020

North American International Livestock Exposition (Garland Bastin NAILE Scholarship)
Scholarship: 1-$1,000
Questions: 502-367-5293
Due: September 30, 2020
For a high school senior that exhibits dairy at NAILE.

Northwest Farm Credit Services
Scholarships: Various-$2,000
Questions: 509-340-5467
Due: March 1
For customers in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska.
Any major is eligible, but preference is given to agriculture students.

Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program

  • Dairy Science Scholarship
    Scholarships: 1 - $1,500
    Questions: 267-322-6917
    Due: May 1
    Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to full-time undergraduate students entering their sophomore-senior year who are enrolled in the Livestock Science and Management in the Animal Science Department at Delaware Valley College.
  • Food Marketing Scholarship
    Scholarships: 1 - $1,500
    Questions: 267-322-6917
    Due: May 1
    Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to full-time undergraduate students entering their sophomore-senior year who are enrolled in the Department of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph's University.
  • Pennsylvania Dairy Innovation Scholarship
    Scholarships: 1 - $1,500
    Questions: 267-322-6904
    Due: April 30, 2019
    Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University who have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association/Center for Dairy Excellence
Scholarships: 2 - $3,000
Questions: Brittany Haag at
Applications available March 1, 2020
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.

Priority IAC
Scholarships: total-$4,000
Questions: 920-682-0264
Due: December 1, 2020
For immediate family of Priority One customers.

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

Select Sire Power
Scholarships: Various amounts totaling $15,000
Questions: 540-483-5123 - Kirk Sattazahn
Due: January 31, 2020
For a college student majoring in agriculture who is or has a family member who is a customer of Select Sire Power.

Sullivan Show Supply
Scholarships: 20-$1,000
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
Due: March 2, 2020
Applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a College of Agriculture which offers courses in food animal production. Applicant must be enrolled in classes effective September 1, 2020. Applicant must have a strong desire to pursue a career, upon graduation, in some aspect of 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: 7-$1,500
Questions: 260-273-6275
Due: March 1, 2021
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: 952-958-6340
Due: April 15, 2020
For a student pursuing a career in green industry communications.

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

UnitedAg Scholarship
Scholarships: $75,000 given, range from $500 to $6,000
Questions: 800-223-4590 or
Due: December 31, 2019
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: March 6, 2020
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: 20-$1,000 (10 for high school seniors and 10 for college freshmen and sophomores)
Questions: 651-765-5711
Due: May 22, 2021
For students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production or closely related fields. The scholarship is available only to high school seniors, graduating in 2013, or college students in their first or second year of pursuing a two- or four-year degree.

Wisconsin Holstein Association
Scholarships: Various awards totaling $16,000
Questions: 800-223-4269 
Due: March 1, 2020
For Wisconsin Holstein members.