National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Up to $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing agriculture-related studies
Feb 28, 2017 7:00 AM ET
Summary: 
  • NBFA Scholarship Program cultivates a new generation of black farmers
  • Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2017 or until 100 applications have been received
  • Scholarships funded by the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of automaker FCA US 
Press Release

The National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. In its third year, the NBFA Scholarship Program will award scholarships of up to $5,000 to African-American farmers or dependents of African-American farmers who plan to enroll or are enrolled in agriculture-related study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Funded by the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, the NBFA Scholarship Program will award up to $100,000 in scholarships this year.

“Higher education provides essential tools, knowledge, and resources that allow people to pursue and achieve their goals,” said Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement, FCA US LLC, and CEO of the FCA Foundation. “It is a privilege for the FCA Foundation to be a partner with the National Black Farmers Association and these remarkable students to ensure that the next generation of African-American farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive.”

Apply for the 2017-18 NBFA Scholarship Program
NBFA scholarships are awarded based upon several criteria, including: academic performance, demonstrated leadership, participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives. Applications will be accepted at https://www.scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation through April 28, 2017 or until 100 applications have been received, whichever comes first. 

“My father taught me very early on that land is the most important tool that a person can possess. And he taught me if I treat the land good the land will take care of me,” said John Boyd, Jr., President of the National Black Farmers Association. “Educating aspiring African-American farmers provides an opportunity to increase and advance agricultural technology, which will be passed on as a vital part of our rich farming legacy to future generations.”

Since 2015, the NBFA Scholarship Program has made 40 scholarships and provided $187,500 in educational support to students participating in a diverse range of agricultural-related studies including: agribusiness, food sciences, biology, holistic nutrition, urban farming, and veterinary science. Following is a list of the 2016 NBFA scholarship recipients.

2016 National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program Recipients

Student

College/University

Area of Study

Demetrius K. Arnold

University of Arkansas

Agricultural Systems Technology Mgmt.

L'Quaan C. Atkinson

North Carolina A & T State University

Agricultural Education

Ali Austin

Tuskegee University

Agribusiness

Anthony D. Bland

Mississippi State University

Agribusiness / Accounting

Cameron Bradshaw

Kansas State University

Agribusiness

Candace Clark

Tuskegee University

Agribusiness

Ariel K. Demotte-Carter

Texas A&M University

Food Science

Edra Fisher

Lincoln Land Community College

Agriculture

Isabella G. Fisher

Lincoln Land Community College

Biology / Holistic Nutrition

Gabrielle Galvan

California Polytechnic State University

Animal Science

Aaron Gauff

Lindenwood University

Biology

Taylor Gauff

Delaware State University

Veterinary Science

Peyton Greenwood

Tuskegee University

Food Science

Charisma Heath

Fort Valley State University

Veterinary Science

Bryant A. Hunter

Prairie View A&M University

Animal Science

Marquan Jones

Cornell University

Food Science

Aaron F. Lewis

Tuskegee University

Animal Science

Xavier Price

Florida A&M University

Ag-Science / Entomology

Logan R. Quinn

Oregon State University

Breeding / Genetics

Danelle Solomon

Tennessee State University

Agribusiness

Michael D. Walker

Southern University and A&M College

Agricultural Science

 
About the National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African-American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA's education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being. We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. The FCA Foundation directs its resources toward the following areas of focus:

  • Youth Development – helping young people develop the leadership qualities and resiliency necessary to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
  • Education – building the skills and competencies that lead to achievement and support educational access and success.
  • Military/Veterans – ensuring veterans successfully transition to civilian life and that the needs of military service members and their families are supported.
  • Service – leveraging the talents and contributions of all members of the community.

Applications for funding are accepted by invitation only.

Kevin E. Frazier
FCA US LLC
+1 (248) 512-2678
Dr. John Boyd, Jr.
National Black Farmers Association
+1 (434) 210-2286