FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE

FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE

Fact: college is expense.

Like most #StockShowKids, you’ve done the hard work and filled your résumé with extracurriculars, part-time jobs and a swoon-worthy GPA. Even if you haven’t made your college application sparkle like your peers, free money is still ready for the taking.

  •  Do not pass go until you’ve completed FAFSA. FAFSA is your ticket to grants and certain loans.
  • Complete every scholarship application you can get your hands on. To quote the great Michael Jordan, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

After you’ve completed every possible scholarship application available in your high school counselor's office, expand your reach. Here’s a few more that may or may not have registered on your radar:

4-H

Chances are, you are familiar with the scholarships available through your local 4-H office; however, the 4-H website is home to many more. Depending on location, college plans and academics, you have the potential to make out like a bandit.

4-H has made their scoring system public so let’s look at the breakdown. The judges focus 55 percent on your résumé, 35 percent on the storyline of your essay, and only 10 percent on scholastic achievement. Turns out, grades don’t mean everything. They are certainly important, but don’t feel like you don’t have just as much opportunity to head to college with financial freedom.

National FFA Organization

The Future Farmers of America is a farm-kid-forward organization that strives to promote agricultural literacy, advocacy, leadership, and career development. These scholarships are broken down by state which means, no matter where you are, you have an equal opportunity to win. The state of Texas alone gave out 252 scholarships with the minimum payout being $1,000. My least expensive college textbook was three-hundred-something-dollars...and that was just for my minor. APPLY!

Syngenta

Syngenta gave away $20,000 last year to only two recipients!

Requirements? A passion for agriculture.

Read the winning essays here. You’re already halfway to a huge payday, you just need to put your passion to paper. Considering the average cost of tuition at a 4-year public institution is $9,650, you could pay for your first year with one application. 

Agriculture Future of America

Last year, the American Future of Agriculture organization gave 134 scholarships. Some recipients were able to double dip, meaning they won more than one of these at a time. AFA selects under two umbrellas of applications, AFA leaders and academic scholars. The good news is, as a farm kid, you are probably both. 

USDA

As a future taxpayer, it's your duty to apply for these scholarships. The USDA offers five scholarships. Awards range from $5,000 all the way to full tuition covered annually along with the possibility for internships and future employment. It’s amazing to think that one application can land you a six-figure career. 

Annie’s

We know the conversation between organic and traditional commodities does not always meet in the middle; however, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a moment to look into Annie’s.

Here’s why: they annually award $100,000 in college scholarships! That’s one-hundred-thousand …  six zeroes. Depending on where you seek your post-secondary education, these funds could make a significant dent in your budget.

American Society for Enology and Viticulture

A winemaking career nestled in the most beautiful scenery in the world? Throw in a few scholarships and you have yourself a deal. This society offers two types of scholarships based on focus of study and applicant ranking. 

American Agri-Women

Spotlighting women in agriculture, the American Agri-women awards three scholarships to a variety of age groups.

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