the future of farming

Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields.  In 2019, more than 350 scholarships totaling more than $500,000 will be awarded across the U.S.

The opportunities in agriculture are limitless. Grow Ag Leaders encourages high school seniors to college juniors to apply for a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education in ag-related fields of study. Student applications have closed for 2019; farmer endorsements close at midnight, February 13, 2019. Farmers, follow the steps below to complete the process.

The student application period is closed. Students, please be sure your farmers complete their endorsements.



Complete the process!

As the final step of the new online scholarship application process, eligible students will create an endorsement request for you using your name and email address. You will receive an email containing instructions for completing the online farmer endorsement form.

If you do not have an email address, the student will provide you with printed instructions that will walk you through the process. No Internet service? No problem! Farmers can call 855-332-2577 to submit an endorsement using the printed information provided by the student.  All forms must be completed by February 13, 2019.

To qualify as an Eligible Farmer for the Program, you must be:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Actively engaged in farming. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs farming work, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

For more information, visit the FFA Farmer instruction page.

Up to 352 scholarships will be awarded to students, with winning applications selected by the National FFA organization.  Winners will be announced on the FFA website spring of 2019.

With the help of farmers, each year more than $528,000 in Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are awarded to students in rural America.

Here’s what students are saying about the program.