The loss of Black farmland has had a profound impact on rural black communities, which today suffer from severe economic challenges, among them a poverty rate twice that of rural white communities. (iStockphoto/NNPA)
The loss of Black farmland has had a profound impact on rural black communities, which today suffer from severe economic challenges, among them a poverty rate twice that of rural white communities. (iStockphoto/NNPA)

The National Black Farmers Association says the deadline for its $4.3 million scholarship program has been extended through June 25.

In its first year, the Next Generation of Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship will award up to 25 grants of approximately $173,000 each to Black and Hispanic high school graduates 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 graduation, the association said.

“It is a privilege for the National Black Farmers Association to administer [this] scholarship program to ensure that 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,” NBFA President John Boyd said in a statement. “Higher education provides essential tools, knowledge, and resources that will allow these scholars to continue their family farm legacy for future generations.”

To qualify for an award, applicants must meet all of 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.
– Commit to farming on the family farm upon college graduation.

Applicants will be notified of awards on or before June 30. For more information, call 804-691-8528.

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