Graduating high school seniors and current college students studying agriculture should apply for a unique scholarship program offered by Agriculture Future of America and its partners.  The AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship Program provides students access to premier professional and personal development and financial assistance for college.

Over 60 scholarships are available for 2015 through AFA’s partnerships with organizations like the Belles of the American Royal (BOTAR), California Cotton Alliance, Roderick J. and Jo Anne Cyr Foundation, DFA Cares Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, Water Street Solutions and AgriBank’s William J. Collins Scholarship.

Each scholarship has two components. The leader component introduces recipients to AFA’s leader development program through a $1,000 sponsorship to the AFA Leaders Conference, a development experience for elite agriculture students. The academic component provides financial support, typically $1,600, for the recipient’s tuition and fees upon successful attendance of Conference.

Scholarship recipients from across the country will be  selected based on career vision and goal, leader and community involvement and financial need. Eligibility requirements vary, but all students must be pursuing four-year degrees in agriculture-related fields. Applications are due March 20, 2015. Learn more and apply at www.agfuture.org/scholarships.