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: 2023 deadline TBA

Check your eligibility for HRI's seven scholarship funds for AY 2023-24. 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, 2023

Farm Bureau awards several 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 a program related agriculture, conservation, or forestry. Learn more. 


Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarships

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2023

The Throlson American Bison Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding college junior, senior or graduate students studying fields related to the bison industry. Learn more.


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Deadline to apply: October 4, 2023

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.


Gates-Cambridge Scholarships

Deadline to apply: October 11, 2023

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.


Craig Sallstrom Memorial Scholarship $1000

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2023

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.


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Diversity Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2023

The Diversity Scholarship seeks to provide financial support for both undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field. Undergraduate students must be entering their first or second year of an Agricultural Education-Teacher Licensure program in Minnesota, which includes incoming freshmen, transfer students (transferring colleges/universities or majors), and current students. Those firmly committed to teaching agricultural education in Minnesota should apply for this scholarship. Learn more.


Robert C. Hodson Memorial Research Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2023

Up to two scholarships of $750 each will be awarded for the Spring 2024 semester. Applicants should have conducted, or be conducting, research activities in arthropod biology under the mentorship of a faculty member, graduate student, postdoc, or technical staff member in the Department of Entomology. Applicants must be undergraduates in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA). Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Insect Science Minor, and to those who have not received the award earlier. Learn more.


Department of Entomology Insect Science Pathways Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2023

The Insect Science Pathways Scholarship was established to promote a diverse student population rich in experiences, backgrounds and identities and to provide financial assistance for undergraduates who enroll in the Insect Science Minor. Two scholarships at $1,000 each will be awarded for the spring semester. Learn more.


Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Young Leader Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: November 19, 2023

The MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program (YLSP) is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation. 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 Minneapolis, September 24. Learn more.


Goldwater Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: November 20, 2023

$7,500 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.


Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 22, 2023

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club (LMGC) will provide up to $2,500 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.


Feed Your Future Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2023

A $1,000 scholarship for students studying agriculture or intending to pursue a career in agriculture. Learn more.


Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 26, 2024

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is a $2,500 scholarship dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources. Preference will be given to students whose degree or area of study directly involves management of Forest Resources. Learn more.


Foundation for Environmental Agriculture Education (FEAE) Scholarships

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2023

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.


Mann Lake Beekeeping Scholarship

Deadline to apply: December 20, 2023

A $1,000 scholarship for students enrolled in an apiology/entomology program, major in agriculture, environmental sciences, or other related studies. Award selection is based on a 300-word essay related to bees. Learn more.


Clean Energy Experts Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: December 20, 2023

A $1,000 scholarship for undergraduates enrolled in an environmental science program. Application requires a 300-word essay on the topic of solar energy. Learn more.


Stromberg's Chicken Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2023

A $1,000 scholarship for students enrolled in agricultural sciences and other related studies. Application involves a short essay on the subject of poultry. Learn more.

Spring Semester Deadlines

Spring Semester Deadlines


Boren Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: January 8, 2024

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.


U of M Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 9, 2024

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.


Keller Scholarship in Conservation Horticulture

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2024

The Keller Scholarship in Conservation Horticulture, up to $5,000 each year, is awarded by The Garden Club of America and BGCI-US to undergraduate students. Scholars pursue experiential learning, with access to BGCI programs and resources, at a botanic garden in the United States. Learn more.


NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2024

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.


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

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2024

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.


Minnesota Corn Growers Association Scholarships

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2024

MCGA will award four $5,000 scholarships to full-time post-secondary students pursuing a career or degree in an agriculture-related field. Students must be young-adult MCGA members ($20 annual membership fee) to be eligible for a scholarship. Learn more.


National Garden Clubs Scholarships

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024

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


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Diversity Scholarship

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024

The Diversity Scholarship seeks to provide financial support for both undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field. Undergraduate students must be entering their first or second year of an Agricultural Education-Teacher Licensure program in Minnesota, which includes incoming freshmen, transfer students (transferring colleges/universities or majors), and current students. Those firmly committed to teaching agricultural education in Minnesota should apply for this scholarship. Learn more.


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Undergraduate Education Scholarship

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024

The purpose of the MAELC Undergraduate Agricultural Education scholarship program is to award scholarships to undergraduate students studying Agricultural Education with the intent of becoming a licensed agriculture teacher. Learn more.


Udall Scholarships

Deadline for campus nomination: February 5, 2024

Up to $7,000 for undergraduates who are preparing for careers related to the environment and who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues. Open to currently enrolled Sophomores or Juniors with GPA of 3.0+. This scholarship requires a nomination from the University of Minnesota in order to apply at the national or international level. Learn more.


Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Scholarship

Deadline to apply: February 10, 2024

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.


Astronaut Scholarships

Deadline for a campus nomination: February 12, 2024

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.


Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Scholarship

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2024

Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (MWWF) recognizes that a strong, responsible, and sustainable future requires a knowledgeable workforce reflective of our society at large. This scholarship aims to promote diversity by assisting students interested in a career in environmental and/or sustainability fields.

Up to two recipients will be awarded a scholarship (up to $5,000 each) per academic year. One rising junior will be accepted per year with the opportunity to receive the scholarship again in their senior year. Learn more.


Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust Scholarship

Deadline to apply: February 29, 2024

Scholarships are available for students with a major in the field of environmental sciences; student must be a resident of Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail or Pope Counties. Learn more.


Minnesota Association of Meat Processors Nelson Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2024

The Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) offers two $500 scholarships to Undergraduate or Graduate students enrolled at the University of Minnesota in honor of the late Pete Nelson, who served as the Meat Lab Supervisor from 2007 to 2013. Learn more.


Ranelius Scholarship Program

Deadline for a campus nomination: March 1, 2024

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council partner together to support the Ranelius Scholarship Program. This $1,000 scholarship program is designed to encourage students enrolled in a post secondary educational institution to prepare them for a career in the poultry industry. Learn more.


A.I. Johnson Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2024 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: March 11, 2024

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. 

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.


Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship

Deadline for a campus nomination: March 15, 2024

The Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship supports a full year of study abroad for students who will have completed at least 120 credits of academic work by the end of the spring semester 2024 and will have finished all graduation requirements by the end of the proposed study abroad experience. Students who are in their third year of undergraduate education are especially encouraged to apply. Learn more.


Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarships

Deadline to apply: March 27, 2024

Open to students with demonstrated financial need and two years of full-time study left to complete their undergraduate degree program.  Scholars will receive up to $25,000 for each of their two remaining years plus $10,000 to support a summer work/study/research experience in-between.  Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to a career of public service and must have US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA status. Learn more.

The UMN Office of National and International Scholarships is available to consult with any students on their applications.


Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 30, 2024

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 successful 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: 2024 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; Marshall; Churchill.


Proven Winners Horticulture Scholarship

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2024

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: 2024 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.


Royal Scholars Program

Deadline to apply: 2024 deadline TBA.

The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to represent the American Royal and the agriculture industry. The American Royal Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to each student as a member of the program. Students will also travel to the American Royal twice during the academic year. Learn more.


Brule River Sportsmen's Club Scholarship

Deadline for a campus nomination: April 30, 2024

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: 2024 deadline TBA.

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

Summer Deadlines

Summer Deadlines


Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarships $1000

Deadline to apply: 2024 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.


Precision Agriculture Scholarship Contest

Deadline to apply: 2024 deadline TBA.

Farms.com will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to students studying agriculture who have a precision agriculture idea that will have a positive impact on the environment and/or reduce costs for the farmer. Learn more.


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Diversity Scholarship

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2024

The Diversity Scholarship seeks to provide financial support for both undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field. Undergraduate students must be entering their first or second year of an Agricultural Education-Teacher Licensure program in Minnesota, which includes incoming freshmen, transfer students (transferring colleges/universities or majors), and current students. Those firmly committed to teaching agricultural education in Minnesota should apply for this scholarship. Learn more.


U of M Women's Club Scholarship

Deadline to apply: 2024 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: 2024 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: 2024 deadline TBA.

The Railway Tie Association offers two annual $5,000 scholarships to junior and seniors enrolled in an accredited forestry program. Apply here.


Women in Agribusiness Scholarships

Deadline to apply: 2024 deadline TBA.

Women in Agribusiness Scholarships defray the cost of attending the annual WIA Summit for students who have shown a strong interest in developing a career in the agribusiness industry. Scholarship benefits include registration for the Summit, shared lodging and meals provided at the event, and a 1-year WIA membership. Learn more.