External Scholarships (related to CFANS majors)

Students have the opportunity to apply for a number of privately funded scholarships that are applicable to a variety of CFANS majors. 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.

Fall Semester Deadlines

Triangle Fraternity Building Better Men Scholarship $500

Majors: Animal Science
Deadline to apply: September 1, 2018
For first-year male students majoring in CSE, CBS, CLA STEM majors, CDES Architecture majors, or CFANS Animal Science. The first step in the application process is a short form. Potential candidates will be contacted by the fraternity with further steps to complete the application process.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships $500

Majors: Agricultural Education; Agricultural and Food Business Management; Agricultural Communication and Marketing; Animal Science; Applied Economics; Applied Plant Science; Food Systems; Forest and Natural Resource Management; Plant Science
Deadline to apply: September 30, 2018
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. 

Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarships

Majors: Agricultural and Food Business Management, Applied Economics, Animal Science
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018
The Throlson American Bison Foundation awards scholarships totaling $9,000 to college junior, senior or graduate students studying fields related to the bison industry. The scholarship is for the Spring 2017 semester. For more information visit the National Bison Association website.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: October 10, 2018
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. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

Truman Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline for campus nomination: October 22, 2018
$30,000 toward graduate education for juniors with strong records of leadership and public service who plan to have careers working for positive change in government, education, public health, and/or international affairs. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

Craig Sallstrom Memorial Scholarship $1000

Majors: Food Systems, Plant Science
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018

This scholarship will be awarded by the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers (MCPR)to a student entering their sophomore, junior or senior 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.

uPonics Hydroponics/ Aquaponics Scholarship $1000

Majors: Any are welcome to apply; most relevant are Agricultural and Food Business Management, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Food Systems, Plant Science, and Sustainable Systems Management
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
uPonics will award one $1000 scholarship to a student with the best essay on a topic related to how hydroponics and/ or aquaponics is a sustainable method of agriculture. See details for application.

U of M Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarship

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
The AANAPISI Scholarship is open to all U of M undergraduates who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI). The scholarship will award up to a one-time scholarship of $2,500 for the 2019 fall semester or a multi-year $5,000 scholarship - depending on the availability of funds. Multiple students will also be awarded based on funding availability. See application.

Yenching Academy Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline for campus nomination: November 9, 2018
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. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

CME Beef Industry Scholarship

Majors: Animal Science
Deadline to apply: November 9, 2018
Ten scholarships worth $1500 each are awarded annually to students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Individual applicant or their family must be a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. See details.

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship

Majors: Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Forest and Natural Resource Management; Plant Science
Deadline to apply: November 16, 2018
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. To apply, see the LMGC Scholarship Fund page.

Goldwater Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline for campus nomination: November 19, 2018
$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. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

National Corn Growers Association Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program $1000

Majors: Agricultural Education; Agricultural and Food Business Management; Agricultural Communication and Marketing; Animal Science; Applied Economics; Plant Science
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2018
Five $1000 scholarships are available to members and family members of the National Corn Growers Association. Students who are sophomore level or greater are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the National Corn Growers Association website.

MN Chapter, American Fisheries Society Scholarship

Majors: Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Deadline to apply: December 7, 2018

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (MN AFS) will be offering at least one $900 scholarship to a junior or senior pursuing a degree in fisheries, water resources, aquatic biology, or aquatic environmental science for the 2018-19 academic year. To apply, complete the scholarship application form, and the MNAFS membership form (membership free for students). File2018MNAFSmembershipform-1.docx

Avacare Medical Scholarship $1000

Majors: Nutrition
Deadline to apply: December 15, 2018
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

Boren Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline for campus nomination: January 7, 2019
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. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Young Leader Scholarship Program

Majors: Agriculture-related
Deadline to apply: January 18, 2019
A $2,000 scholarship plus travel stipend will be awarded to a sophomore or junior with an educational focus on agriculture. Recipients must have a summer internship related to agriculture secured and be able to attend the MACA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN September 3- 5, 2019. All expenses will be paid. See application for details

Udall Scholarships

Majors: Any
Deadline for campus nomination: January 25, 2019
$10,000 toward undergraduate educational expenses for sophomores and juniors who are engaged in research, public policy, and/or community action related to conservation and the environment or who are Native Americans planning careers in tribal policy or health care. Competitive applicants will be excellent students with strong and consistent records of engagement. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Scholarship

Majors: Animal Science
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019
The UMDIA Gene Watnaas Scholarship Fund provides up to two $1000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Animal Science with dairy production emphasis or Dairy Food Science. See application materials.

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

Majors: disciplines related to oceanic, environmental, biological and atmospheric sciences, engineering, hydrology, and other related areas
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019
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.

FFA Scholarships $1000

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
FFA members and non-members are invited to apply for national scholarship awards from 100+ sponsoring organizations including Cargill, DEKALB, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, Monsanto, National Mastitis Council and Rose Acre Farms. Many scholarships are for $1000. Visit the FFA website for details.

National Garden Clubs Scholarships $4000

Majors: Agricultural Education; Applied Plant Science; Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Fisheries and Wildlife; Forest and Natural Resource Management, Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, agricultural education, environmental science, wildlife, conservation biology, forestry or related fields. Please see application for details: www.gardenclub.com/scholarships.

Central Minnesota Farm Show Scholarships

Majors: Agriculture - related
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2019
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

Majors: Any
Deadline for a campus nomination: February 8, 2019
Up to $10,000 toward undergraduate educational expenses for sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with records of academic achievement, productive research, and leadership who plan to have careers related to research. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

Intertribal Timber Council Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program $2500

Majors: For Native American/ Alaskan Natural Resources students
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.  The application involves a letter, resume, transcript and evidence of enrollement, as well as three reference letters. For more information visit the Intertribal Timber Council website.

Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship $9,000

Majors: Food Systems, Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Awarded by the Western Reserve Herb Society. For students with demonstrated financial need who are studying horticulture or a related field, and whose horticultural career goals involve teaching/ research, sustainable local agriculture or work in the public or nonprofit sector.  Applicant must have completed two full years of college and have achived a GPA of 3.2+ to be eligible.. See details and application.

Horticulture Scholarship of the Western Reserve Herb Society $7,500

Majors: Food Systems, Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Awarded by the Western Reserve Herb Society. For students with demonstrated financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields.  Applicant must have completed two full years of college and have achived a GPA of 3.2+ to be eligible. See details and application.

Cargill Global Scholars Program $2500

Majors: Applied Economics; Agricultural and Food Business Management; Animal Science (ag focus); Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Food Science; Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
First- or second-year students are eligible to apply for the scholarship program, which offers $2500 each year for up to three years, mentorship, leadership training, and the potential to attend a global conference. Access the application materials here.

Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota Scholarships $4000

Majors: Forest and Natural Resource Management; Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA 

For students enrolled in forestry, horticulture, landscape design or related fields. Must be a Minnesota resident with a 3.0+ GPA. Please see website application for details: http://www.mngardenclubs.com/Scholarships.html

Explore the World Travel Scholarships $2000

Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA 
Hostelling International is offering scholarships to help finance international experiences that include an educational or service component. Candidates must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and demonstrate financial need (be a current or former Pell Grant recipient). Learn more.

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Majors: any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA

Up to five scholarships at $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time juniors and seniors on the basis of financial need and 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. Once at the site, scroll down and click on Office of Undergraduate Scholarships and review the information and find the link for the on-line The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Annie's Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program

Majors: Any (applicant must have some coursework and/ or extracurricular activities related to sustainable agriculture, however)
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students. 15 students will be selected to each receive $10,000. Students must be focusing on classes in sustainable agriculture. International students may apply as long as they are studying at a U.S. school. For more information visit Annie's Homegrown website.

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Scholarship $5000

Majors:Agriculture-related or Forest and Natural Resource Management
Deadline to apply: March 30, 2019
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

Majors: Any
Deadline for a campus nomination: April 1, 2019
Cover the cost of 1-3 years of graduate study in in Ireland or the United Kingdom for exceptional students in all disciplines. Contact the Office of National and International Scholarships: natschol@umn.edu

STEM Scholarships $2500-$5000

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Minnesota High Tech Foundation (MHTF) awards scholarships to Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. These awards can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching and must have at least sophomore standing. Apply at the Minnesota High Tech Association website.

Targeting Excellence Scholarships $2000

Majors: Animal Science most relevant
Deadline to apply: 2019 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.

Proven Winners Horticulture Scholarship $5000

Majors: Plant Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 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.

Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation Edward Slettom Cooperative Leadership Scholarship

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Edward Slettom Cooperative Leadership Scholarship ($750) is available to Minnesota college students who wish to pursue careers relating to cooperatives. The award is based on scholastic achievement, leadership, and an ability to contribute to co-ops in the future. Click here for the application.

Izaak Walton League of America Scholarship

Majors: Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Fisheries,Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Forest and Natural Resource Management
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America will award scholarship(s) of up to $1000 to assist a person(s) who enter or continue in an education program in Environmental Education, Environmental Law, Wildlife Management, or some other conservation-oriented program. View the scholarship application (.pdf).

Feed Energy Company Scholarships $2500

Majors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Food and Business Management, Agricultural Communication and Marketing, Animal Science, Applied Economics, Food Science, Nutrition
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Feed Energy offers two $2500 scholarships to students in the midwest (including Minnesota) who are studying an agriculture-related major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit references, a resume, and an essay. Find more information and apply here.

Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship

Majors: Agricultural Food and Business Management; Agricultural Communication and Marketing; Animal Science; Applied Economics; Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Nutrition
Deadline to apply: 2019 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.

Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship

Majors: Plant Science, Food Systems
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Syngenta is awarding a total of $20,000 in scholarships for students majoring in an crop science-related field. Students must write an essay as part of the application. See the details.

National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Scholarship

Majors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Food and Business Management, Agricultural Communication and Marketing, Animal Science, Applied Economics, Food Science, Nutrition
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The NPFDA awards five scholarships at $4000 per student to upcoming juniors and seniors in the fields of poultry science, food science, agricultural economics/marketing, nutrition and all other areas of study related to the poultry industry. Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to: academic excellence, professional objectives, and past and current involvement in poultry, ag and food related activities. Learn more and apply here.

Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad $15,000

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
Administered by the University Honors Program and the Office of International Programs, this scholarship provides an opportunity for seniors at any campus of the University of Minnesota to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country, up to $25,000. Visit the University Honors Program website for further details.

Minnesota IFT Scholarships

Majors: Food Science
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Minnesota Section of Institute of Food Technologist awards several different scholarships to food science graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more and apply.

Summer Deadlines

Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarships $1000

Majors: Food Science, Nutrition
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship for Culinary Education is given to qualified female applicants pursuing fulltime 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

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
The University of Minnesota Women's Club Scholarship (typical amount is $2500) 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".

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 4:30 pm, first Friday in June
The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was established in Carol’s memory to assist women who are 28-years-old and over in returning to school and completing their education at the University. Scholarships range from $1000 - $6000. See details and apply.

Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo Scholarship

Majors: Any
Deadline to apply: 4:30 pm, first Friday in June
This scholarship ($1000-$4000) assists women students with financial need, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students. Download the application here

National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Scholarship, $5000

Majors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communication and Marketing
Deadline to apply: 2019 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 with concentration and/or application in broadcast media. Awards are $5000. Application materials include three letters of reference and a recording. Go to the NAFB Foundation website for details.

National Grocers Association Research and Education Foundation Scholarships

Majors: Agricultural and Food Business Management, Applied Economics, Food Systems, Food Science, Nutrition
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBA
NGA's Research and Education Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students pursuing a career in the grocery indrustry. Applications require a one-page personal statement, letter of recommendation and university transcript. Learn more.

Railway Tie Association John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

Majors: Forest and Natural Resource Management
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBD
The Railway Tie Association offers two annual $2,000 scholarships to junior and seniors. Apply here.

Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship, $2500

Majors: Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Forest and Natural Resource Management
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBD
Students must be juniors or seniors enrolled in a natural resource program such as forest resources, fisheries and wildlife, environmental science, or recreation resource management. There are two $2,500 awards, one for academic achievement and one for leadership. An application, transcript, and letter of recommendation are required. Visit the Ben Meadows website for the application.

American Jersey Cattle Association Scholarship

Majors: Any, but Animal Science most relevant
Deadline to apply: 2019 TBD
Applicants must be a junior or life member of the American Jersey Cattle Association upon submitting their application. For more information, visit the American Jersey Cattle Association website.