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Scholarships

The Idaho FFA Association works to identify potential scholarship opportunities for its FFA members. The Idaho FFA Association does not directly offer scholarships for its programs, events, or higher education.

All scholarships are offered by third parties outside of the Idaho FFA Association.  Interested students are advised to verify all information, deadlines, and application requirements with the scholarship provider.  Information on this page is deemed to be reliable at the time of its posting. This listing of scholarships is not exclusive of all scholarship awards available to Idaho FFA members. Instead this list seeks to provide an overview of scholarships specific to FFA members in Idaho and some national scholarships with specific Idaho characteristics (i.e. the dairy and potato industries). Furthermore, this list focuses on scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Accelerated Genetics Dairy Scholarship

Any high school senior who has participated in high school agriculture education, 4-H or an agricultural organization (FFA) is eligible to apply. The applicant must have interest in furthering their education in an agricultural field at a short course, professional-technical college or a four-year university degree program. Also, the applicant or their parents must be currently purchasing semen or farm products from an authorized Accelerated Genetics' representative. Applications are due in mid-February annually.

Capital Press Idaho FFA Chapter Reporter Scholarship

Capital Press, the northwest's leading agriculture newspaper offers scholarships to chapter FFA reporters in a four state area for their work in promoting FFA and agriculture through the press and media. Up to two $500 scholarships are available in Idaho. Scholarship winners are selected based on quality and number of article submissions in the reporting year that are sent to newsroom@capitalpress.com. A formal scholarship application is not required for this award. The cutoff for submission of articles is usually March 1st. Scholarships are awarded at the State Leadership Conference in April. This scholarship is special program of the Idaho FFA Foundation and Capital Press.

CHS Foundation

CHS, an energy, grain, and foods company makes scholarship opportunities available annually to graduating seniors and current college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Applications are due April 1 annually.

College of Southern Idaho

Each year over $1,000,000 is awarded to CSI students. Many scholarships are provided to students entering CSI's programs in agriculture. Most scholarships are awarded to full time students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority deadline for applications is March 1.

College of Western Idaho

CWI offers a variety of scholarships focused on students entering their PTE programs. Priority deadline for applications is August 1.

Dwaine Tesnohlidek WLC Scholarship

As a special project of the Idaho FFA Foundation, the family of Mr. Dwaine Tesnohlidek has made available a Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship for an Idaho FFA member in honor and memory of Mr. Tesnohlidek, a legendary former Fruitland FFA advisor, and mentor to many past Idaho FFA leaders.  Mr. Tesnohlidek had an unwavering belief in the potential of all of his students and in this spirit, a WLC scholarship will be given in his honor to a sophomore or junior Idaho FFA member who shows strong and potential for leadership. Scholarship applicants must be a current sophomore or junior, a member in good standing with their local FFA chapter, and have not previously attended WLC. Applications are due March 15th.

Eastern Idaho State Fair Scholarship

Eastern Idaho State Fair offers several scholarships to 4-H and FFA students who have participated in the fair. Scholarships are based on participation in either a 4-H club or FFA chapter, personal and professional goals, student activities, community service, honors and awards, and financial need. Eligible counties covered in the 16 county Fair District are: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power, and Teton. Call the fair office at (208) 785-2480 for more details. Applications are usually due in early April annually.

Idaho Ag Credit Scholarship

Idaho Ag Credit is an Eastern Idaho agriculture lending institution based in Blackfoot. Idaho Ag Credit has scholarships for students involved in agriculture who plan to pursue a degree in the College of Agriculture at the University of Idaho, Utah State University, or Brigham Young University - Idaho. Applicants must reside in one of the following Idaho counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Blaine, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, Teton, or Twin Falls. Applicants must apply for the scholarship through the their respective college's scholarship application system. Nine $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually - three per institution.

UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences general scholarship application - deadline February 15

USU College of Agriculture general scholarship application - deadline January 31

BYU-I College of Agriculture and Life Sciences general scholarship application - deadline April 15

Idaho Attorney General's Scholarship

In 1997 Attorney General Alan Lance settled two cases with large agricultural chemical manufacturers related to price fixing. Attorney General Lance used a portion of the settlement to establish scholarship endowments at each of the State's institutions of higher education. Scholarships are available to incoming freshman who have participated in 4-H or FFA. Generally students must demonstrate financial need and must specifically request the scholarship. Often a one-page essay outlining experience in 4-H and/or FFA is required but expectations may vary by institution. Check with the school's financial aid/scholarship office for specific details and deadlines.

Idaho Cattle Association Heifer Scholarship Program

Over $1,000 in scholarship money for 1st through 5th place individuals in this program plus a heifer for the first place winner to add to his/her beef production herd. Please contact the ICA office at (208) 343-1615 or info@idahocattle.org for information about the ICA Heifer of the Year Contest.

Idaho Cattle Association Scholarship

Up to $1,000 available to youth active in the beef industry. Application due June 1 annually.

Idaho Community Foundation

The Idaho Community Foundation manages over 60 scholarships annually; many of the scholarships are directed to PTE students at the local level.

 

Idaho FFA Foundation Tractor Raffle Scholarship

The Idaho FFA Foundation has fourteen $1,000 scholarships available for Idaho FFA members who are graduating seniors pursuing postsecondary education. The Tractor Raffle Scholarship Program is a special project of the Idaho FFA Foundation as developed by former FFA member and current FFA alumni leader Sid Freeman of Caldwell. Sales of tractor raffle tickets benefit the state foundation, local FFA chapters, and FFA members across Idaho in the form of scholarships. Applications are due postmarked February 15th.

Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship

Twelve renewable $3,000 scholarships are awarded annually. Several scholarships are specifically designated for PTE students. The scholarship window is November through January 15.

Idaho Horse Council

The Idaho Horse Council offers three $1000 scholarships annually.  The scholarships are awarded to students who have graduated from Idaho high schools and are continuing their education in the equine related studies.  Applications are typically due in the spring.

Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association Scholarship

The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association is an organization comprised of irrigation equipment manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, dealers and support institutions. Scholarships typically range from $500 to $1,200. Since 1980, the IIEA has awarded over $300,000 to Idaho students. Candidates can be 1) a graduating senior in high school 2) graduated high school student or 3) attending college at this time. Previous recipients include students majoring in agricultural engineering, horticulture, crop and soil sciences, agribusiness, turf landscape/irrigation architecture and design. Students may apply each year they are attending college. Check the IIEA website for more information and the scholarship deadline. Applications are typically due in mid-February.

Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association

Two $750 scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees in nursery and landscape associated fields. Applications are due in mid-December annually.

Idaho Professional-Technical Education Foundation PTSO Winner Scholarship

The Idaho Professional-Technical Education Foundation has scholarships specifically for students in professional-technical student organizations (PTSOs) in Idaho. Merit scholarships are available for a 1st place winner of a CDE that is advancing to the national level in their team or individual event. The application for FFA members is due June 30th each year.

Idaho Professional-Technical Education Continuing Education Scholarship

The PTE Foundation has established a $500.00 continuing education scholarship that is available to current high school graduates and current postsecondary students in PTE programs. The scholarship is specific to students continuing their education in a technical program or teacher education program at one of Idaho's six technical colleges (CSI, CWI, EITC, ISU-COT, LCSC, NIC).  The application deadline is in early May.

Idaho State Board of Education

Several scholarships are available annually through the Idaho State Board of Education. Availability and deadlines vary by scholarship.

McGregor Company Scholarship

The McGregor Company, an inland empire agriculture chemical and fertilizer supply chain, offers three $1,000 scholarships for students in FFA who plan to pursue agriculture majors in college or at a technical school. The scholarships are focused on students residing in eastern Washington, north central Idaho, and northeastern Oregon. Find more information at www.mcgregor.com. Application deadline is March 15th annually.

National Dairy Herd Information Association

National Dairy Herd Information Association (NDHIA) offers scholarships to full-time incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges/universities. To be eligible for a National DHIA scholarship, the applicant must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA. Applications are due in mid-October annually.

National Dairy Shrine

The National Dairy Shrine/McCullough Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to enter a four-year-college or university with intent to major in dairy/animal science with a communications emphasis or agricultural journalism with a dairy/animal science emphasis. Scholarship is based on communication abilities and future plans. This scholarship is sponsored from a bequest fund sponsored by M.E. McCullough, well-known Georgia nutrition researcher, educator and journalist. Application deadline is mid-April annually.

National FFA Scholarships

Each year the National FFA Organization gives out over $2.2 million to FFA members across the nation. The common application is found online and makes FFA members eligible for over 150 scholarships. The application is available November 15 through February 15 annually.

Northwest Farm Credit Services

The annual Northwest Farm Credit Services Scholarship Program promotes the further education of youth in the rural Northwest. Scholarships valued at approximately $1,500 (eight per state in ID, MT, OR, and WA) are awarded to graduating high school students who plan to attend a higher education institution within the next year. Twelve additional scholarships (three per state) are awarded to fall college sophomores, juniors or seniors. Any career or major is eligible for college applicants. However, a preference is given to those students who plan to pursue an ag-related career. Applicants must be children of Northwest Farm Credit Service members. Applications are due March 1 annually.

Sigma Alpha Women in Agriculture Scholarship

The national Sigma Alpha Sorority offers a $500 scholarship for high school senior female students who plan to pursue a college major in agriculture. Scholarships are due in late May annually.

Syngenta Potato Scholarship

Syngenta Farmassist funds a scholarship for 4-H and FFA members with an active interest and connection to the potato industry. Applications are online and due August 31 annually.

University of Idaho Agricultural Education and 4-H Youth Development Scholarships

The University of Idaho AE&4-HYD Department has several scholarships available annually to prospective and current students. Specifically the Kindschy-Lawrence Agricultural Education, Lou E. Riesenberg, and Rick A. Dirksen Memorial scholarships are set up for graduating high school seniors.

University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Scholarship are available through the University of Idaho's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in a wide variety of areas. Most scholarships are merit based and new students are considered when they submit their Application for Admission and the Application Supplement for Admission/Scholarships forms by February 15.

Western Idaho State Fair

At least two $1,000 scholarships for 4-H and/or FFA members are available annually to members who participate in Western Idaho Fair programs. Students who are selected to receive scholarships may reapply for their second, third and fourth year of college, potentially receiving a total of $4,000 in scholarships.