The rising costs of college are forcing increasing number of college students to quit their education. The average cost of a four year college degree which is normally around $27,000 is expected to rise by 11% in academic year 2010-2011. Feeling the financial difficulties faced by students in pursuing college education, government and many private corporations have started scholarship programs to help students pay for their college education. These scholarships not only provide aid to intelligent students but many of such programs are focused on providing aid to students from less privileged family backgrounds. One such scholarship fund is run by The Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS) that provides aid to students with agricultural background or agricultural work experience.
The Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS) is a corporation working for the welfare of farmers in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee. The organization runs various welfare programs to serve the farmers in the region with its huge $11 billion budget. The program includes a scholarship program for students related to agriculture that gives out $100,000 worth of scholarships every year. The scholarships are provided under three different schemes.
- University Scholarships Program: This program provides aid to students in collaboration with agriculture related universities in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee. The deadlines and amount of scholarships for this program are determined by related universities.
- 4-H / FFA Scholarship Program: This scholarship program provides assistance to 8 students enrolled in an agriculture related degree in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
- Farm Credit Scholarship Program: This program provides aid of $2000 each to 18 students enrolled in an agriculture related degrees. These scholarships are only available to customer-members of Farm Credit, or children of customer-members.
Students can apply for any of the scholarships offered by the scholarship fund. College freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors or graduating high school seniors can apply for these scholarships if they have a good academic background and have proven leadership qualities, and track record of active community service. The students are required to be enrolled on a College of Agriculture or College of Business and to have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
To apply for these scholarships students must have an agricultural background or agriculture related work experience, and must be a member or a child of a member of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, however employs and children of employs cannot apply for these scholarships. More information on these scholarships can be obtained from their website: http://www.e-farmcredit.com.