External Scholarships Related to CFANS Majors

Students have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships that are applicable to a variety of CFANS majors and are funded and reviewed by organizations outside the university. Click the following links to find scholarships with deadlines in the fall, spring, summer, or continuous through the academic year. Visit your department's website for additional scholarship resources related to your major.

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Fall Semester Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadlines

Horticultural Research Institute Scholarships

Deadline to apply: September 10, 2021

Check your eligibility for HRI's seven scholarship funds for AY 2021-22. Required Materials: general contact information, statement of financial need, personal essay, resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Learn more.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships $500

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2021

Farm Bureau awards four $500 scholarships at the annual meeting in November. Eligible applicants include any person who is a Farm Bureau member or qualifies under their family's membership. Applicants must be going into their junior or senior year in college and be enrolled in agriculture, conservation, or forestry. Learn more. 

Merjent Foundation Scholarships

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2021

The David Campbell Academic Scholarship and the Merjent Foundation Academic Scholarship are one-time $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic success and intend to pursue a career in an environmental field. Learn more.

Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarships

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2021

The Throlson American Bison Foundation will award up to $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding college junior, senior or graduate students studying fields related to the bison industry. Learn more.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarships

Deadline to apply: October 13, 2021

Covers the cost of a graduate degree program at Cambridge University for students in any academic discipline. Competitive applicants will have exceptional academic records, notable character, leadership and public service, and a strong rationale for studying at Cambridge. Learn more.

Yenching Academy Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: October 9, 2021

Cover the cost of a Master’s degree in China Studies at Peking University. Successful applicants will have outstanding academic records, strong records of leadership and public service, and clearly defined plans for study in China. Learn more.

Craig Sallstrom Memorial Scholarship $1000

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2021

This scholarship will be awarded by the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers (MCPR) to a student entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in a major focused on crop production. Applicant must be a Minnesota resident; application involves two short essays, one letter of recommendation and official transcript. Download the application from the MCPR website.

U of M Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 10, 2021

The AANAPISI Scholarship is open to all U of M undergraduates who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI). Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $5,000 awards. Learn more.

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 19, 2021

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club (LMGC) will provide up to $2500 annually, awarded to one student or divided between two students. Scholarships will be awarded on merit with consideration given to GPA, letters of recommendation, community activities, associations or organizations, work experience and plans after graduation. Learn more.

Goldwater Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: November 21, 2021

$7500 toward undergraduate educational expenses for sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with outstanding academic records and significant research experience who plan to have careers related to research. Learn more.

Foundation for Environmental Agriculture Education (FEAE) Scholarships

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2021

Three scholarships are available for undergraduates pursuing a four-year degree in a major or discipline related to crop production, such as soil science, agronomy, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, or crop science. Learn more.

NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship

Deadline to apply: December 3, 2021

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in any field. Applicant must be entering at least his/her second undergraduate year at an accredited college or university. Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member. Learn more.

Avacare Medical Scholarship $1000

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2021
For students pursuing a degree in a medical field. The scholarship is awarded annually to one submission that tells about an inspiring act of kindness. Learn more.

Spring Semester Deadlines

Spring Semester Deadlines

Boren Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: January 3, 2022

Up to $20,000 for study abroad with a focus on immersive language study, especially in those languages identified as critical by the State Department. Applicants interested in careers with the U.S. government are favored, and all recipients must commit to a year of service related to national security. Learn more.

Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Young Leader Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA

Candidates will be top-potential collegiate sophomores or juniors with an educational focus on agriculture. Candidates must be enrolled at one of the 14 Land-Grant Universities and have secured a summer internship within agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry. Recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship plus an all-expenses travel stipend to attend the MACA Annual Meeting in Missouri in 2021, if held in-person. Applications are submitted to the CFANS Scholarship Coordinator; the college will submit up to 3 finalists to MACA for final selection.

Udall Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: January 31, 2022

$7,000. Open to Sophomores and Juniors working toward solutions to environmental challenges or Native American students planning careers in tribal policy or health care. Learn more.

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022

The UMDIA Gene Watnaas Scholarship Fund provides a $1000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Animal Science with emphasis in dairy, Dairy Science, Food Animal Veterinary Medicine, Dairy Manufacturing, Dairy Technology or Dairy Food Science. (Other degree programs may be considered if there is strong evidence of commitment and contribution to the dairy industry.) Learn more.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Successful applicants should be a full-time 2nd year student with a 3.0 minimum GPA. See the NOAA website for full application details.

National Garden Clubs Scholarships 

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2022

Multiple scholarships for students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment.  Learn more.

Central Minnesota Farm Show Scholarships

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce will be awarding at least five scholarships at $1000 each for undergraduates enrolled in an agricultural related program. Limited to students who graduated from high school in central Minnesota counties. See the website for eligible counties and application.

Astronaut Scholarships

Deadline for a campus nomination: February 14, 2022

Up to $10,000. Open to sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with records of academic achievement, productive research, and leadership who plan to have careers related to research. Learn more.

Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship for Plant Sciences

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2022

This national scholarship is open to college students majoring in Plant Sciences and related fields. Learn more.

Cargill Global Scholars Program

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive, 2-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to travel to two leadership development seminars, including meeting fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. See eligibility criteria and application.

A.I. Johnson Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

An award of up to $10,000 - open to all undergraduates in all colleges at the University of Minnesota.  Applicants must show evidence of a strong interest in public affairs, with an intention to pursue a career or avocational activities in public affairs, including any kind of community volunteer activity, organizing to affect public policy, service on government advisory committees, and service in elective offices. The selected students commit to completing 400 hours in an off-campus public service internship. Students are not expected to have an internship confirmed at the time of application but they must obtain a public service internship to receive the scholarship. Learn more.

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Memorial Scholarship in Entrepreneurship honors the legacy of Lynn Johnson, founder of the St. Paul-based Johnson Brothers Liquor Company. The scholarship will support full-time UMTC juniors and seniors, with financial need, who have a strong, demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial initiatives. As many as 5 new scholarships will be awarded at up to $5,000 for the academic year to help cover students’ cost of attendance. 

Detailed information about qualifications and the application process for the scholarship is available at the UMTC Undergraduate Scholarship Search site. Click ‘Let’s Begin’ and find the link for the Johnson Brothers Scholarship Program.  

Targeting Excellence Scholarships 

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

$2000 scholarships are available for students completing a 4-year degree in an agricultural program. Preference will be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal production. For more information, visit the Targeting Excellence website.

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Scholarship 

Deadline to apply: March 30, 2022

For students entering Junior or Senior year; the successful applicant will be from the greater Rochester area which includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore,Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona. The succesful applicant has demonstrated leadership and communication skills and is pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and/or forestry. See application for more information.

Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, and Scholarships

Deadline for a campus nomination: 2022 deadline TBA 

Cover the cost of 1-3 years of graduate study in in Ireland or the United Kingdom for exceptional students in all disciplines. Learn more: Rhodes; MarshallChurchill.

Farmer's Business Network Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

Multiple $500 scholarships will be awarded to juniors or seniors enrolled in an ag-related undergraduate program at a land-grant university. Learn more.

BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2022

 A $3,000 scholarship for women  pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree in a STEM field. Learn more.

Edna Lewis Foundation Culinary Scholarships

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

Creating opportunities for African Americans in the fields of cooking, agriculture, food studies, and storytelling. Learn more.

Proven Winners Horticulture Scholarship 

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

At least three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually for innovations in plant breeding, horticultural marketing, and grower excellence. Applicants must be at least a sophomore and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. See eligibility and application details.

Ecolab Scholars Program

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

For first and second year students interested in sustainability fields who want to advance their communities economically and environmentally. The scholarship application is available at z.umn.edu/ecolabscholars. Click "Let’s Begin" and find the link for the Ecolab Scholars Program.

Brule River Sportsmen's Club Scholarship

Deadline for a campus nomination: April 30, 2022

A $5,000 scholarship for juniors or seniors preparing for a career in natural resources. Application requires two letters of recommendation and a personal narrative. Learn more.

American Floral Endowment Scholarships

Deadline for a campus nomination: May 1, 2022

American Floral Endowment offers 24 different scholarships annually to students pursuing careers in floriculture and horticulture. Learn more.


GIE Media Horticultural Scholarship Program

Deadline for a campus nomination: 2022 deadline TBA 

GIE Media is awarding two $2,500 scholarships to undergraduates working toward a degree in horticulture, environmental science or other field related to a segment of the green industry. Learn more.


Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Minnesota Pork Board will award up to five $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are pursuing careers with an emphasis in pork. Among qualifying educational pursuits are agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, livestock reproduction, large animal veterinary medicine and other related fields. To download application material, visit the website.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Learn more.


Summer Deadlines

Summer Deadlines

Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarships $1000

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship for Culinary Education is given to qualified female applicants pursuing full time academic coursework in the fields of culinary arts, hospitality, nutrition, 
agriculture and related areas of study. Applicants are judged on their career and academic goals and performance, leadership qualities, financial resourcefulness, volunteer and community involvement in the culinary world, and references. Must be a Minnesota resident or nominated by a member of the Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Learn more.

U of M Women's Club Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The University of Minnesota Women's Club Scholarship is awarded to students who are MN residents, and have demonstrated academic ability and leadership experience, and a breadth of skills, interests, and extracurricular activities. To be considered for this scholarship a student must be a full-time Twin Cities undergraduate with sophomore, junior or senior status, 3.2 GPA, MN resident, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Student Finance. Preference to females. See more information on One Stop's scholarship page (under "Office of Student Finance Scholarships").

National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

Applicants must be a junior, senior, or graduate student prior to application deadline and be enrolled in or transferring to an agricultural communications curriculum.  Go to the NAFB Foundation website for details.

Railway Tie Association John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

Deadline to apply: 2022 deadline TBA 

The Railway Tie Association offers two annual $2,000 scholarships to junior and seniors enrolled in an accredited forestry program. Apply here.