LINCOLN, NE –“Time is running out to apply for valuable scholarship dollars for our Nebraska Farm Bureau members and we encourage applicants to check out the programs available,” Megahn Schafer, executive director NFB Foundation for Agriculture said.
There are four scholarships offered through the Foundation. Below is a list that summarizes each scholarship and its requirements. Applications are open to all Farm Bureau members.
Nebraska Agriculture Education Student Teacher Scholarship Program
Applicants who apply for the Nebraska Agriculture Education Student Teacher Scholarship Program must be enrolled in the Agricultural Education Teacher Education program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They are eligible to apply for scholarship for the value of approximately one-half tuition or $1,200 for the semester in which the student's student teaching experience occurs. Applications are due March 1, 2016.
Charles Marshall Loans
The Charles Marshall Loan Fund is supported by voluntary contributions from Farm Bureau members. It offers higher education loans for worthy Farm Bureau members enrolled for training in accredited institutions for the advancement of professional skills. Loans can be approved up to and including 50 percent of the cost of training which includes tuition, room, board, books and transportation. The amount approved depends upon the needs of the applicant and funds available. Applications are due May 1, 2016.
Kenneth Schwartz Scholarship
This fund is administered through the University of Nebraska Foundation, and at least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded per year. The applicant must be an incoming junior or senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in an agricultural or agricultural-related program including agribusiness. Applicants must belong to a member family of a county Farm Bureau in Nebraska or have their own Farm Bureau membership. A student who receives the scholarship as a junior is eligible to receive the scholarship a second year if a satisfactory grade level has been maintained and the applicant again receives committee selection. The scholarship fund was established by the family of the late Kenneth E. Schwartz, who was executive vice president of Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Nebraska at the time of his death in 1987. Applications are due March 1, 2016.
Greater Horizon Scholarship
The Greater Horizon Scholarship is awarded to student’s ages 18 to 35 who are from a Farm Bureau member or their family is a member. Applicants must plan to study an agriculture-related field full-time at a college or university and plan to return to production agriculture. Applicants must be a resident of Nebraska and demonstrate leadership potential through extracurricular activities and work experience. Up to two $1,000 scholarships may be awarded. Applications are due March 1, 2016.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit, charitable organization which builds awareness, understanding and positive public perception of agriculture through education and leadership development. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture educates students through the Agriculture in the Classroom program, promotes and educates the public about modern agriculture, develops leaders and offers student scholarships and loans. For more information on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, visit www.nefbfoundation.org.