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Scholarships available for students studying agriculture

Spring deadlines are approaching fast for ag scholarship applications.

Jennifer M. Latzke, Editor

March 4, 2022

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AG SCHOLARSHIPS: Spring deadlines for agricultural student scholarships are fast approaching. For the best chance of success, experts advise: Read applications thoroughly for deadlines and eligibility requirements; gather your materials early; don’t count out opportunities with lower award amounts; and include letters of recommendation if requested.arthon meekodong/Getty Images

Spring means deadlines for scholarship applications.

Here are a few scholarship opportunities open to students who will be studying agriculture or come from agricultural backgrounds.

Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship. Applications are open for the 2022 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship, continuing a proud Kansas Association of Wheat Growers tradition to support the future of the Kansas wheat industry. The $1,000 scholarship is open to high school seniors who graduate in 2022, with applications due March 18.

Herbert W. Clutter was a farmer from Holcomb and the first president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, which was established in 1948. Clutter encouraged Kansas wheat farmers to organize as a strong, unified voice, which led to the formation of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers in 1952. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Kansas Wheat Commission by the Kansas Legislature in 1957.

The scholarship fund will award one $1,000 scholarship per year to a college or university-bound incoming freshman from Kansas pursuing a career in the field of agriculture.

For eligibility requirements and to complete an application, visit kswheat.com/growers/1000-herb-clutter-scholarship. he scholarship application and associated documents must be submitted to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers at 1990 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502, by March 18.

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts. The Kansas Association of Conservation Districts is offering two scholarships for the 2022-23 school year.

The Don Peterson Memorial Scholarship offers up to $500 for the fall semester to a full-time college junior or senior majoring in agronomy or range management.

The General Memorial Scholarship offers up to $500 for the fall semester for a junior or senior majoring in agriculture or a natural resource-related field.

The application deadline is March 15. For more information about these scholarships, visit kacdnet.org/conservation-education-youth-committee; or contact Ashley Janzen, KACD scholarship coordinator, at [email protected] or 316-282-3468.

National Dairy Board Scholarships. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board awards 11 scholarships worth $2,500 each, as well as a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program.

Undergraduate students in their sophomore through senior year for the 2022-23 academic school year and majoring in one of the following fields are eligible: communications or public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agriculture education.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity.

Eligibility requirements and applications can be found at www.usdairy.com/about-us/dmi/scholarship.

The deadline for applications is May 6. Questions about the program can be submitted to [email protected].

Next Generation of Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship Program. The National Black Farmers Association administers this scholarship to ensure the next generation of African-American or Black, and Hispanic farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive in the agricultural industry.

The application deadline for the 2022-23 academic year is May 15. This year up, to 10 scholarships will be awarded to eligible graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll, or are enrolled in, an agriculture program of study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a commitment to engage in the family farm operation after their college graduation.

The scholarship includes tuition for up to 30 credit hours per academic year to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, campus housing, meal plan, mandatory fees for the academic year, and up to $1,000 in textbook funds per academic year. To learn more about eligibility standards and to apply, visit form.jotform.com.


If your organization has a scholarship for agricultural students that you would like to share here, contact [email protected].

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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