Student Scholarship Program
Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement 2020 Scholarship Program Terms & Conditions
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement will be awarding $100,000 in academic scholarships to mid-Atlantic area students planning to pursue a career in agriculture.
Eligibility Requirements: The Farm Credit Foundation For Agricultural Advancement 2020 Scholarship Program is offered by Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (the “Sponsor” or, “Foundation”) and is open to applicants (each, an “Applicant”) who are legal residents of the state of DELAWARE (DE), or the state of MARYLAND (MD), residing within the MD county of: Accomack, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Northampton, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, or Worcester; or the state of PENNSYLVANIA (PA), residing within the PA county of: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, or Schuylkill; or the state of VIRGINIA (VA), residing within the VA county of: Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, or Warren; or the state of WEST VIRGINIA (WV), residing within the WV county of: Berkeley, Jefferson, or Morgan; who are U.S. citizens and who are high school seniors or students currently enrolled in a two- or four-year educational program at an accredited college, university, or technical school. The applicant must be planning to pursue a career in agriculture. Officers, Directors, and employees of the Sponsor, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, their agents, press/media representatives, and the immediate family members of these entities (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter.
Awards: There will be a total of ten (10) $10,000 scholarships awarded. The total amount of Scholarships to be awarded is $100,000.
The funds awarded to the selected recipients are to be used for one or more of the following: Tuition, Room and board, Textbooks or other academic learning materials, Costs associated with summer or winter classes (outside of the typical school year), Study abroad opportunities administered through the student’s school (provided it is completed for credit toward graduation).
The funds awarded are not to be used for educational or professional conferences, or expenses associated with research work. Any funds not used by the student upon graduation are to be returned to the Foundation.
Application Process: Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, September 27, 2019 through Friday, January 10, 2020 (the “Application Period”). During the Application Period eligible Applicants are invited to visit FCFoundationforAg.org (the “Website”) and complete the online application including:
1. What made you decide to pursue agriculture as a career? Was there a defining moment, or person who influenced you? What are your overall career goals and aspirations as you enter the industry?
2. Identify an issue of concern to the agriculture industry and offer your recommendations to solving that challenge in a way that results in a positive outcome for the industry.
3. Tell us what you think is the biggest misunderstanding about agriculture? What do you wish that people knew about your industry?
Each Applicant is required to submit a short video of not more than three (3) minutes in length that answers their choice of one of the three questions listed above.
Additionally, transcript(s) (if unofficial, official transcript(s) will be required before awarding of scholarship); and to attach two (2) letters of recommendation from a supervisor, teacher and/or professor nominating the Applicant for the Scholarship that (a) speaks to the Applicant’s potential to contribute to a profession in agriculture; and (b) explicitly states the Applicant’s current status as a student.
Notification: Applicants will be notified of selection decision by March 27, 2020.