Scholarship Programs

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The grower-members who make up the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are committed to broadening educational opportunities and open doors to students who are passionate to serve rural America and keep their family farms thriving.  In 2021, we have expanded our scholarship offerings for four distinct audiences:

 

  • NEW! Research Students
  • Technical School/Community College Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students

Also, please check the State Corn Association Scholarship opportunities below.

 

To become a member of NCGA, click here.

 

UPDATED JUN. 17, 2021

NCGA Research Ambassador Program

Congratulations to the research ambassadors selected for the 2021-2022 academic year! (READ FULL STORY HERE)   What is the NCGA Research Ambassador Program? The purpose of the NCGA Research Ambassador Program is to build a network of future leaders in the agriculture sector. Up to six (6) students will be selected each year to receive financial support as well as travel and networking opportunities.   Ambassadors must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and be involved in research relevant to corn production.     Why apply?   Students selected as NCGA Research Ambassadors will receive the following:   Financial award of $2,500 directly to the student; Up to $750 for registration and travel reimbursement for participation in scientific research conferences; Fully-funded travel to participate in NCGA events throughout the year, which could include grower research committee meetings, congressional visits at the state or federal level, Commodity...

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Technical School/Community College Scholarship Program

For rural America to remain strong and vibrant, it needs a diverse workforce. Farmers need highly skilled workers, trained in the latest technology, to ensure that their farm operation runs smoothly.   Whether your educational pursuits are agricultural, mechanical, construction, engineering, or aviation-related, we want to help further your training.   NCGA will provide five $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree at a technical school.   Eligibility Requirements Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.  The application must be submitted by December 3, 2021, by 11:59 Central Time. Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.   Application Packet Must Contain: Complete online application Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from non-family members, and at least one should be from a faculty member.) Current resume 500-word essay OR Link to a 2-3-minute YouTube...

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NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence

Undergraduate Scholarship in Agriculture

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in any field. In addition to receiving the scholarship funds, winners will also take part in networking and other opportunities with BASF.   Eligibility Requirements Applicant must be entering at least his/her second undergraduate year at an accredited college or university. Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member. Employees and the families of employees of NCGA or any division of BASF or their subsidiaries are not eligible for the scholarship. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2021 by 11:59 Central Time. Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.   Application Packet Must Include: Completed application Current transcript from junior college, college or university Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two must be from non-family...

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Graduate Student Scholarship

NCGA understands the role of research and scientific discovery in production agriculture. We are proud to recognize the hard work and contributions of today’s graduate students who are working in the critical areas of Digital/Precision Ag, Germplasm/Breeding, Agronomy, Crop Protection and Sustainability.   To recognize their efforts, we will award one $2,500 scholarship to a graduate student whose area of study will benefit the corn sector. In addition to the funds, winners will also be invited to the biennial Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC), the premier corn technology conference in the United States.   Eligibility Requirements Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.    The application must be submitted by December 3, 2021, by 11:59 Central Time. Scholarships are for one year. Previous recipients may not apply.   Application Packet Must Include: Completed application Current transcript from your graduate...

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Past BASF Winners

2020-2021 Amelia Hayden (WI) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Agricultural Education   Colton Johnson (OK) Oklahoma State University – Plant and Soil Sciences   Courtney Schrader (MD) Salisbury University – Management and Communications   Sophia Svanda (NE) University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication   Ben Vos (IA) Dordt University – General Agriculture   2019-2020 Killiann George (PA) Penn State University – Agricultural and Extension Education   Mardi Traskowsky (KS) Kansas State University – Milling Science, Management and Agricultural Economics   Abbey Schiefelbein (MN) Kansas State University – Food Science   Madeline Weninger (MN) South Dakota State University – Agricultural Education and Spanish   Matthew Sperry (SD) South Dakota State University – Precision Agriculture and Agronomy   2018-2019 Kayla Beechinor (WA) Washington State – Ag Biotech & Field Crop Management   Catherine Jones (NE) University...

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