Students interested in a career in agriculture have a new scholarship opportunity for the 2019-20 school year through the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers special scholarship program in honor of the organization’s 15th anniversary.
“In celebration of serving livestock farmers for 15 years, we’re awarding 15 scholarships, each worth $250, to encourage Iowa’s young people to enter livestock farming,” says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director. “Livestock farming offers young people a way to enter the farming profession and to bring a son or daughter back to the farm. That has a domino effect for rural communities — keeping young people in rural Iowa.”
Application deadline is May 15 and can be completed online at supportfarmers.com.
Applicants must be high school seniors, or enrolled for the fall term in a junior or community college, a four-year college or university or other accredited institution of higher education; must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA; and be an Iowa resident with interest or experience in ag. The scholarship must be applied to undergraduate studies.
In addition, students must have demonstrated leadership through community service, organization or club involvement, and demonstrate strength of character.
Students also must submit a resume, copy of his or her most recent high school or college transcript, at least one letter of recommendation, and a one- to two-page essay detailing their involvement in agriculture and future plans.
Winners will be announced Aug. 14 at the CSIF 15th anniversary celebration at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
“Livestock is so important to our state,” Waddingham says. “Iowa leads the nation in production of hogs, corn, eggs and soybeans, and ranks in the top five for red meat production, cattle on feed, cash receipts and total value of ag exports. And with 1 in 5 Iowa jobs directly tied to agriculture, it will continue to be a key industry in Iowa.
“This is a great way we can help young people who have an interest in raising livestock with their education. And a great way to celebrate CSIF’s 15-year milestone by looking to the future.”