FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation has established a scholarship program named as “National Black Farmers Association Scholarship” to assist African American farmers. African American farmers or dependent children of African American farmers, with a verifiable farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency or Cooperative Extension Service, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is designed to encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in gaining access to resources of state and federal programs. A minimum of twenty (20) awards will be granted. The students will receive an award ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
The National Black Farmers Association Incorporated is a non-profit, community organization founded in February of 1995, by John Boyd, Jr., of Baskerville, Virginia, a third generation farmer who is determined to hold on to his heritage, and to save his farm from foreclosure caused by racial discrimination under the United States Department of Agriculture.
Applicants to the National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be African American farmers, or dependent children of African American farmers, with a verifiable farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency or Cooperative Extension Service
- Be African American high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in a farming or agriculture-related career through participation in 4H, FFA or a similar organization.
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate agriculture-related study. Field of study will be analyzed case by case for eligibility. Some examples of eligible study include, but not limited to: agricultural business, agricultural economics, agronomy and crop science, animal sciences, equestrian studies, farm and ranch management, food science, horticulture, soil science, sustainable agriculture and agricultural engineering.
- Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
How to Apply:
- Applying for the scholarship, the candidates must register themselves through the given link: https://scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation/register.php?
- Applicants may also submit a completed Applicant Appraisal Form. It can be download from the given link: https://www.scholarsapply.org/uploads/fca/AA.pdf
To complete your application, you must upload the following documents
- A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
- A completed Applicant Appraisal Form (click to view and print the form).
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from non-family members; one from a farmer and one from a community leader.
Financial Aid and Award Money:
The applicant who will select will receive an award ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Awards of $2,500 each will be granted for two-year or vocational-technical study. Awards of $5,000 each will be granted for full-time four-year study.
The application and accompanying information must be submitted by April 28, 2017.
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