The National Black Farmers Association has set June 15 as the deadline to apply for its Next Generation of Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship program.

The program aims to ensure the next generation of African American/Black and Hispanic farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive in the agricultural industry, the association said.

In its first year, the program will award up to 25 scholarships to Black and Hispanic graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll or are enrolled in an agriculture program of study at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a commitment to engage in the family farm operation post-college.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

– Be Black, African American or Hispanic high school student farmers with a verifiable family farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency, Future Farmers of America (FFA) or Cooperative Extension Service (4-H).
– Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
– Meet academic and admissions criteria for post-secondary education (refer to application for specific criteria).
– Commit to farming on the family farm upon college graduation.

Applicants will be notified on or before June 30. For more information, email or call (804) 691-8528.

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