National Farmers opens Farm Kids for College Scholarship competition

For The Courier-Post
Posted: Dec. 4, 2019 12:00 pm

AMES, Iowa | National Farmers announced the opening of its 2020 Farm Kids for College Scholarship competition.

High school seniors planning to earn an agricultural degree from an accredited college or university are eligible, and must submis materials by Feb. 25. Based upon competitive selection, National Farmers will announce three national scholarship winners on April 7. All three winners will receive $1,000 toward their freshman year in college.

“At National Farmers, we encourage students to pursue careers in agriculture, and contribute to our very important industry,” National Farmers National Scholarship Coordinator Helene Bergren said. “There's a generation of students who are passionate about agriculture and farming, and we are pleased to help three young people among many intelligent and ambitious high school seniors launching into agricultural pursuits through their college educations.”

Applications are available by visiting or contacting Eunice Fisher, 405 E. Martin St. in Perry, Mo. 63462 at 573-565-2004. 

In addition to completing the application, students write two essays related to agriculture. Students must also submit two letters of reference, ACT or SAT scores, official transcripts and their GPA.

Farm Kids for College applications are due by Feb. 25 to Bergren, National Farmers state scholarship cooordinator. More information about National Farmers' scholarship program or how to request an application packet is available by contacting Bergren at 800-247-2110 ext. 4670 or

Marlena Long, of Paris, was the 2019 state and national Farm Kids for College Scholarship winner.

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