Chamber now accepting ag scholarship applications

Chamber now accepting ag scholarship applications

The McPherson Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) to support an agricultural scholarship program. AFA is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to helping support higher education and leader development of future agriculture producers and rural business leaders.

The Agriculture Committee of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for McPherson County students. AFA will leverage county fundraising efforts by soliciting corporations and foundations to provide financial resources to match community dollars. Since 1996, AFA’s partnerships have awarded more than $9 million in academic scholarship, provided leader training to nearly 13,000 students and young professionals. In McPherson County, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee has invested nearly $60,000 providing 23 scholarships and $13,000 has been awarded to 13 students for leadership conference tuition.

The AFA Leaders and Academic is $4,200, consisting of a $3,200 academic scholarship. The additional $1,000 will sponsor a McPherson County recipient to the AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City in November of the scholarship year.

Eligibility requirements for the McPherson Chamber of Commerce AFA Community Scholarship include any high school seniors enrolling in an accredited college of agriculture. They must be a resident of the McPherson County or student enrolled in a McPherson County school. The scholarship application is available at

AFA, founded in the fall of 1996 by the late R. Crosby Kemper Jr., is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to enhancing the education and leader potential of rural youth in the Midwest region through community-based scholarships, AFA provides leader and career development training and internship assistance to college students across the country. For additional information on AFA and the McPherson County AFA Scholarship Community Scholarship program contact Jennifer Burch at 620.241.3303 or email at