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All applications must be postmarked by March 8, and no late applications will be accepted.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

February 28, 2024

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FINANCIAL HELP: Nine Nebraska high school graduates will be awarded Husker Harvest Days ag scholarships in 2024. Applications are due March 8. Hans Neleman/Getty Images

With the cost of higher education, high school graduates can use all the help they can get. That’s where Husker Harvest Days comes in.

Each year, nine Nebraska high school graduates are awarded Husker Harvest Days ag scholarships. Winners are chosen from Nebraska high school seniors who are pursuing advanced degrees in agriculture, agribusiness or other agriculture-related fields.

The scholarships will pay $1,200 per school year, with $600 paid for the first semester or quarter upon proof of registration, and $600 for the second semester or quarter upon proof of maintenance of a 2.5 grade-point average during the first semester or quarter, and second semester proof of registration.

Husker Harvest Days scholarships are sponsored by the Agricultural Institute of Nebraska, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and Farm Progress Companies.

Five scholarships must be given to applicants from Buffalo, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Howard counties. The remaining four scholarships will be awarded statewide. Applicants must have a B average or above.

Scholarships must be used at any accredited university, two- or four-year college, or technical school in Nebraska that offers a program or career in agriculture or agribusiness. Scholarship winners will be determined by April 15.

Applications must be postmarked by March 8 and returned to Husker Harvest Days Ag Scholarships, Attn: Courtney Cox-Shafer, Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, 201 W. 3rd St., Grand Island, NE 68801.

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About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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