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Next Generation Black & Hispanic Farmers Scholarship opens

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The National Black Farmers Association will administer a scholarship program to ensure that the next generation of African-American/Black and Hispanic farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive in the agricultural industry. 

In its first year, the Next Generation of Black and Hispanic Farmers (NGBHF) Scholarship Program will award up to 25 scholarships to Black and Hispanic graduating high school seniors. Eligible students must plan to enroll or are enrolled in an agriculture program of study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a commitment to engage in the family farm operation post college graduation. The NGBHF application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is June 15, 2021. 

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be Black, African-American, or Hispanic high school student farmers with a verifiable family farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency, National FFA Organization, or Cooperative Extension Service (4-H);
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent);
  • Meet academic and admissions criteria for post-secondary education;
  • Commit to farming on the family farm upon college graduation.

Scholarship Award includes:

  • Tuition provided for up to 30 credit hours per academic year to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • Campus-based housing (traditional hall, double occupancy);
  • All-access meal plan;
  • Mandatory fees per academic year;
  • Up to $1,000 in textbook funds per academic year.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Be a full-time student by the sixth day of classes each semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • Enrolled in an approved degree program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources;
  • Remain in good standing academically (a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.5) during the four-year course of study;
  • Remain in good standing administratively, with no student code of conduct and/or legal sanctions during the program;
  • Participate annually in the Emerging Leaders in Ag and Diversity program.

“Higher education provides essential tools, knowledge, and resources that will allow these scholars to continue their family farm legacy for future generations” says John Boyd Jr., NBFA President.

For more information, check out the application website.

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