2024 AFA Scholarship Available

2024 AFA Scholarship Available

It’s the time of year for scholarships, and we hope you’ll spread the word about a valuable opportunity. The Chamber’s Agriculture Committee has dedicated substantial effort over the years to raise funds for the local AFA Scholarship.

The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee established the local Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Scholarship in 2001. To date, we have granted 34 comprehensive academic and leader development scholarships, along with 12 leadership conference scholarships. The full scholarship, totaling $4,450, encompasses a $3,200 academic scholarship and tuition for the AFA Leaders Conference (valued at $1,250).

To be eligible for the McPherson Chamber of Commerce AFA Scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors or undergraduates residing in McPherson County or attending a McPherson County high school. They should have plans to pursue a career in the food and agriculture industry and obtain a four-year degree.

Selection of AFA Scholarship recipients is based on their leadership roles in organizations, community service, internship and work experiences, as well as financial need. Additionally, candidates are evaluated on three personal vision statements:

  1. Explain your educational and ideal career path.
  2. What is one challenge you have had in the last year? How have you persevered through it?
  3. How would you describe the personal brand you hope to have in the food and agriculture community?

Chosen scholars are required to commit to attending the AFA Leaders Conference in the fall semester of the awarded scholarship year. They must maintain full-time class status and remain in good academic standing with their institution to receive the academic scholarship.

We encourage you to share this information and motivate eligible students to apply for the McPherson Chamber of Commerce AFA Scholarship. The application is accessible at www.agfuture.org/scholarships, and the deadline for submission is March 6, 2024. For any inquiries, please reach out to AFA at scholarship@agfuture.org or contact Debbie Hawkinson, AFA McPherson County Scholarship Coordinator, at chamberdirector@mcphersonks.org.