Note: in addition to the scholarships below the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences supports current graduate students through our Travel Scholarships, the Small Grant Program and by supporting Graduate Student-Sponsored Events.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud to award well over $3 million in scholarships to our students each year. Thanks to the generous donations of businesses, organizations and individual families, we offer a wide variety of awards to suit our students’ varying needs.
- To be considered for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scholarships fill out the appropriate form here.
- After filling out the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences application, to be considered for Departmental/Major scholarships, fill out the appropriate form here.
- There are scholarships available that are not administered by the college. A list of them is available here. Applying for many of these scholarships requires applying at the website listed in that scholarship's description, or contacting the representatives listed for more information.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation has several scholarships available to entering freshman, many of which are for students entering Iowa State University. Scholarships for undergraduate students are also available. The various awards range in amounts from $500 to $3,500. Some of the scholarships are open to students pursuing any field of study, while others are open to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food and nutrition, ag business, animal science, and journalism. Former Iowa 4-H'ers and current 4-H'ers graduating from high school are eligible applicants. The Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarship listings and application forms are available from any Iowa county extension office, from the State 4-H Office at Iowa State University, or on the web at www.iowa4hfoundation.org/scholarships Deadlines: February 1 (annually) Contact: Mary Clancy 712-830-1321 email@example.com
A one-time $3,000 scholarship is available to all new students who successfully complete a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as their primary major at Iowa State University. This scholarship is only available to those completing the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and is available one time only during the freshman year. Applications are not required for this award. Please contact us if you qualify
For a multicultural student majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Please contact Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for further information at 515-294-1701
$1,000 scholarship to an ISU freshman agriculture student who is a resident of Iowa. Sponsored by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI). For more information call the AAI Foundation at 1-800-383-1682 or visit the website.
Annie's Homegrown will award $50,000 in scholarship funds to students studying sustainable and organic agriculture.
Annie's Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students beginning or returning to an accredited 2 or 4 year technical or college program or graduate school in the U.S. Students must be focusing on classes in sustainable agriculture and have at least one more year before completing their degree.
For more details, go to: http://www.annies.com/doing-good#Sustainable-Agriculture-Scholarships
For undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have successfully completed service learning program in Uganda through the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. For more information, contact Gail Nonnecke, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
In addition to an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to three years, the Cargill Global Scholars Program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program with executives from Cargill. Ten scholarships will be awarded.
To access the application or learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program please visit: CargillGlobalScholars.com
The Roy J. Carver Scholarship Program is funded by the Carver Charitable Trust in memory of Roy J. Carver, who achieved success through his own initiative and hard work. Scholarships are available to students with great potential and promise, who work hard to make ends meet, or are faced with debilitating circumstances in their lives.
To be eligible for the Roy J. Carver scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:
- U.S. Citizen
- Graduate of an accredited Iowa high school or have been a resident of the state of Iowa for at least 5 consecutive years immediately prior to application
- Junior classification fall semester of the award
- Full-time enrollment (12 credits or more)
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80
- Demonstrate financial need on basis of a Free Application for FederalStudent Aid (FAFSA) filed prior to March 1
- Evidence of unusual social and/or other barriers to attending college full time
Apply online at: www.carvertrust.org (click on Scholarships and on-line application) You will submit the application, an essay and two references through this on-line process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1
Contact information for the Scholarship Office:
Office of Student Financial Aid 0210 Beardshear Hall
Thanks to the generosity of the Iowa Pork Foundation, the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is pleased to announce a graduate fellowship in the amount of $2500. This fellowship is designed to provide support to students studying at the MS or PhD level in the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who are conducting thesis or dissertation research related to the pork industry.
Applicants must be:
1) majoring in the areas of Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Food Science, Microbiology, Agricultural Engineering or other related disciplines that contribute to the pork industry,
2) able to demonstrate initiative to specialize in an area that contributes to the swine industry upon graduation, and
3) US citizens.
Interested applicants are required to submit:
- Cover letter stating:
- current and previous swine experience and training
- planned use of the funds
- what support the student is already receiving
- applicant's career plan
- A copy of the applicant's resume
- An endorsement by the applicant's faculty mentor or major professor.
Completed applications are due by April 1. Please send to:
David Acker, Associate Dean for Academic and Global Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Iowa State University
E-mail applications are preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be selected by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the name of the finalist will be forwarded to the Iowa Pork Foundation by April 30th of each year.
The winner will be notified during the summer. The award will be made during the Fall semester by the Iowa Pork Foundation. Please note that the fellowship awardee must be present at the Iowa Pork Congress Kickoff Reception & Auction the following January, to be held in Des Moines. After receiving the fellowship the awardee is required to submit to the Iowa Pork Foundation a report to include information on the awardee's future career plans and plans for utilizing the Iowa Pork Foundation fellowship.
Must be a resident of Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, or Warren counties in Iowa.
For information and applications go to: www.desmoineswomensclub.org
DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship seeks applications from high school seniors planning to enroll in a U.S. four-year college or university next fall. See all the qualifications at www.dutchcrafters.com/heritage-scholarship
for a jr. or sr. in college at Iowa State University majoring in ag business, 3.0 GPA, resident of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, or Wyoming, agriculture background or experience in agriculture. Applicants must provide a 1-2 page essay on how you plan to use your major in your career field. Deadline February 1. Contact Ron Deiter for application information at 515-294-5771 or email@example.com http://www.econ.iastate.edu/undergraduate-programs/scholarship-information/current-students
Farmers Business Network is searching for the next generation of leaders in agriculture. As a company deeply rooted in technology and farming, FBN is committed to furthering education in agronomic sciences, technology and business. Scholarship winners will receive: $1,000 towards tuition and career mentorship from a local farmer and FBN, as well as an opportunity to be showcased as a up and coming agriculture star on the FBN website. Learn more about the scholarship: https://blog.farmersbusinessnetwork.com/fbn-scholarships
Two $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in an agricultural field (one to undergrad and one to graduate student). Students can apply for the scholarships by going to http://www.feedenergy.com/resource-center/for-students/. Applications are due by May 7 and scholarship recipients will be announced in mid-May. For more information: Marketing Specialist, Feed Energy Company, 515-263-0408
Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in
scholarships to high school seniors and students already enrolled in
college. For more info www.ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships
Frugaldad.com is offering a $5,000 merit-based scholarship to be given out in June. This opportunity is available to all types of students in all majors, and is an excellent way for students to win and secure financial aid. You can read more about it here: http://frugaldad.com/scholarships/
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) give over 4,000 scholarships each year to students going to four-year universities, community college, and graduate school.
For college bound students of all levels who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, (3.3 GPA for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program) and plan to be enrolled full-time in the Fall. All majors are encouraged to apply.
There are close to 150 HSF scholarship programs available to you, including the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $15,000. Apply online at www.hsf.net
The Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Pork Foundation and the Iowa Purebred Swine Council are offering scholarships to those students who are planning to or are currently majoring in an agriculture field with an interest in the pork industry. For information, see the IPPA website.
Iowa State University Women's Club scholarship. More info here
One scholarship for $1500
Annually the Iowa Turkey Federation supports a scholarship at Iowa State University. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are encouraged to apply. The application is due November 30 and can be found on the Department of Animal Science website.
The student who receives one of these scholarships shall meet or exceed the following qualifications:
- be a resident of Iowa
- be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- may receive the scholarship on consecutive years up to a limit of four years
- First preference shall be given to students who have promise of a career in the turkey industry or to students (or students' families) who are involved in any aspect of the turkey industry: for example, family turkey operations, employment in the turkey industry, individual production, 4H or FFA projects, etc.
The selection committee will choose recipients based on community service performed in the City of Ames, or Story County, Iowa area while enrolled at ISU. Applicants must submit an essay describing the community service they have performed and how this service has influenced their life, as well as the affect on those individuals or parties they have served. One letter of reference is required, specifically attesting to the student's community service activities.
Application deadline March 1
FAFSA by March 1 Required
Office of Student Financial Aid
0210 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2028
Ph: (515) 294-006 Fax: (515) 294-0851
The Richard L. Jensen Memorial $1,000 Scholarship is awarded each year to a third year student majoring in crop production or an allied subject such as entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, etc. Further information and application materials are available on the NAICC's web site: http://naicc.org/foundations/scholarship/
for Minnesota residents pursuing an undergraduate degree at a two or four year institution with an emphasis in swine production or related field.
Louisa County residents with plans to study toward careers in natural resources or conservation are urged to apply for the William J. Paris Conservation Scholarship. Applications for this annual $500 scholarship will be taken through February 15.
For more information contact Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 319-753-0690 Information about the foundation and the scholarship is also available at www.tri-rivers.org.
The RNM Foundation offers one scholarship each year in the amount of $2500. Deadline: June 15. The application process may be completed on the Foundation website: www.rnmf.org under the tab entitled "Applications". Contact for more info: Sarah Michaels Fernandez, Executive Director Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation
10 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for high school seniors and college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agriculture related fields. Available to students who live within River Valley Cooperative's trade area. For more information contact email@example.com.
Contact Jayne Carstensen, River Valley Cooperative, 563-285-1715, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Royal Scholarship is a program designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate the food and fiber industry, leadership and the American Royal. Applicants will be selected as members of the Royal Scholars. The Royal Scholars will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, for training and participation in the 111th American Royal, media events, civic organization meetings, school visits, and a host of other activities.
In recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Royal Scholars and their continuing advocacy of the food and fiber industry, the American Royal Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to each student selected to be a member of the Royal Scholars.
The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. More Information
The American Soybean Association (ASA) scholarships, call 1-800-688-7692 for
Essay Contest - for details see www.syngenta-us.com/Scholarships/.
USDA's Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is a sponsorship opportunity for agencies, corporations, and organizations. Sponsorship allows junior and senior students who represent the diversity of American agriculture to attend USDA's annual Outlook Forum. It's a unique opportunity for students to learn about agribusiness, the latest research, future trends, and policy in contemporary agriculture. Application deadline is mid-October -- for complete information see http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/diversity_program.htm
for students pursuing a career in the swine industry. www.waldogenetics.com/scholarship/
College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock and agricultural projects and current undergraduate students may apply for scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).
The scholarships are available to freshmen entering any Iowa two- or four-year post-secondary institution this fall or current undergraduates attending Iowa State University. Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences that is related to the agriculture industry. Winners will be announced during the Iowa State Fair annual 4-H/FFA Sale of Champions, an event sponsored by IFAA. IFAA scholarship funds come from a percentage of Sale of Champions proceeds, as well as Winner's Circle Club donations.
For information on the IFAA Winner's Circle Scholarships available go to http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/sale-of-champions/winners-circle-scholarships and click on:
- Incoming Freshman Scholarship List
- Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application - Due May 1 (Annually)
- Undergraduate Scholarship List
- Undergraduate Scholarship Application - Due April 1 (Annually)
If you have questions, contact Linda Weldon at email: email@example.com or call 515-291-3941.
WiSE offers scholarships to undergraduate women enrolled in science or engineering curricula at Iowa State. Students who are high school seniors may apply for the "First Year Scholarships" and currently enrolled undergraduate students or transfer students are eligible to apply for the other scholarships.
218 Carver Hall, Iowa State University, 515-294-0966 https://www.wise.iastate.edu/current/scholarships
Websites for organizations that give scholarships to students with majors in CALS.
More Scholarship Resources
High school seniors should apply Dec. 1 - Feb. 15
For information: http://www.ncga.com/topics/education/college-scholarships
Targeting Excellence Scholarships for students enrolled in a College of Agriculture with courses in food animal production. Deadline: March 15. http://targetingexcellence.org/scholarship_info/
For Minnesota high school seniors planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary school in the U.S. and studying agriculture or animal husbandry. The scholarship will award five (5) $1,000 scholarships. The guidelines and application can be found on www.mnffafoundation.org. Applications are due before or on February 1.
Five $2,000 scholarship to students in the NEW Cooperative, Inc. trade area. Online application
The Iowa Division of Midwest Dairy Association will be awarding 20 $1,000 educational awards. Applicants who qualify include any producer who funds Midwest Dairy Association, the producer’s spouse, the producer’s children or grandchildren. The producer must have an active dairy operation as of January 1st of the year the scholarship will be awarded. The producer must reside in Iowa. Please contact us if you need to verify these qualifications.
IPSA (Independent Professional Seed Association) Scholarships
Phone: 870.336.0777 for current application info
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois offers a scholarship for college students who are seeking a career in the grain handling and feed industries. Recipients must have a permanent Illinois address and be a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university and have an interest in grain merchandising/originating, safety, operations, feed milling, and/or management. Recipients will be expected to work four days at a member facility, attend a summer Leadership Tour and write two blog posts detailing their experiences. Additional information and application at https://www.gfai.org/students/scholarships/
For residents of Jefferson County, Iowa enrolled in agriculture or health care course of study. Information
National Garden Clubs Inc.
One $4,000 scholarship is available to a full-time Junior, Senior, or Graduate classified student, who is a legal resident of Iowa.
Student must be majoring in one of the following agricultural related field of study:
- Agronomy, Agriculture Education, Floriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Botany, Biology, Forestry, Wildlife Science, Plant Pathology/Science, City (Rural & Urban) Planning, Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology, Environmental Concerns (Management: Environmental, Horticulture Resource/Environmental Behavior), Environmental Conservation (incl. Engineering, etc.), Land Management and/or other related or allied subjects.
Forms and instructions are found on
The NPFDA (National Poultry & Food Distributors Association) Scholarship Foundation is entering its 39th year of scholarship assistance. We now award five $4,000 scholarships to students in the fields of poultry science, food science, agricultural economics/marketing, Food Marketing and all other areas of study related to the poultry and food industry.