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Agricultural scholarship deadlines are coming up fast. Apply today.

Jennifer M. Latzke, Editor

March 6, 2024

3 Min Read
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APPLY TODAY: There are scholarship opportunities still open for Kansas students studying agriculture, but deadlines are fast approaching. Both Kansas Wheat and Kansas Grain and Feed Association have deadlines of March 15 for scholarships, and Growmark Foundation scholarship applications are due April 15. nirat/Getty Images

Secondary education can be expensive, but scholarship opportunities are out there for youth considering agricultural fields of study.

Students and their families can be proactive in finding scholarships by taking these steps:

  1. Talk to teachers and school staff who may have a list of scholarships and grant opportunities for students to apply.

  2. Parents and guardians should make a list of their civic or faith activities and organizations and check with them for scholarships that may be available to children of members. Don’t forget agricultural commodity groups and advocacy organizations in the list: 4-H, FFA, Kansas Farm Bureau, local conservation districts and more.

  3. Remember universities and community colleges will have financial aid departments that may also be able to pass along scholarship opportunities to students.

  4. Students and their families should sit down and take stock of any accomplishments, awards, activities and other things that would make them stand out to a selection committee. Having this list of the student’s scholastic and community service achievements can help when it comes time to filling out applications.

  5. Accuracy counts. When filling out applications, be sure that all sections are filled out completely, and double-check spelling and punctuation. Be sure to check any requirements for additional documentation, such as transcripts or letters of recommendation, and follow the directions for submitting those.

The following are just a couple of scholarships that are still accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year for students considering agricultural careers.

Kansas Wheat scholarships

High school seniors and current Kansas college students have until March 15 to apply for one of two $1,000 scholarships from Kansas Wheat, honoring industry leaders Herb Clutter and David Radenberg.

The $1,000 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship recognizes his influential role in the Kansas wheat industry. Clutter was a farmer from Holcomb, the first president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, and a driving voice in forming both the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Wheat Commission.

The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman full-time student from Kansas pursuing a career in agriculture, enrolled at any two- or four-year Kansas college or university. Find more information and the application at kswheat.com/clutter.

The $1,000 David Radenberg Memorial Scholarship honors the lifelong farmer from Claflin, Kan., who was a founding board member of the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Radenberg had a strong commitment to wheat research that could help feed a hungry world.

The scholarship is awarded to a current undergraduate or graduate student, from Kansas, pursuing a career in the field of agriculture, with preference giving to those studying the improvement of wheat — including fields such as wheat genetics, wheat agronomics, wheat breeding, plant pathology, Extension and bioinformatics. Find more information and the application at kswheat.com/radenberg.

Kansas Grain and Feed Association

The Kansas Grain and Feed Association has 19 scholarships for graduating Kansas high school seniors who are planning to attend any Kansas four-year university, community college or technical school.

There are 18 KGFA Scholarships of $1,500 each, and one $500 Dub and Inez Johnson Memorial Scholarship application for the 2024-25 academic year. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 15. Find the application at ksgrainandfeed.org.

Growmark Foundation scholarships

The Growmark Foundation, an arm of the Growmark agricultural cooperative, offers 55 scholarships of $2,000 each to students pursuing agriculture and business-related degrees or certificates at colleges, universities and technical schools in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada.

Eligible applicants must be high school seniors or equivalent, enrolled in a secondary school for fall 2024, or already enrolled and in good standing at a secondary school. The online application can be found at jotform.com and is due April 15. Students will be notified May 15 if they are awarded a scholarship.

Juniors and younger students

Now is the time for high school juniors or younger to start planning through the summer and fall months for scholarship opportunities for the 2024-25 school year.

Several organizations have fall or winter scholarship deadlines that can fly by in the rush of the holidays. Take the time now for those younger students to start gathering materials for a scholarship application packet that they can use to make filling out scholarship applications easier and more efficient.

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About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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