Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy
The Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy gives college students the opportunity to dive deeper into the corn industry, providing insights into the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and how their future career paths fit in the corn industry.
Applications for Class 5 of Collegiate Academy are now open. The application deadline of November 15, 2021. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary school and still plan to be enrolled in school through the fall semester of 2022.
Planned Academy Dates 2022 (Dates may be subject to change)
January 20-22 – Learning Session 1
Feb 22 – Topeka Policy Day Session 2
April 22-24 – Learning Session 3
July 10-14 – Corn Congress Washington D.C.
Collegiate Academy Activities
Day at the Capitol in Topeka
Learn from lawmakers and lobbyists at the Statehouse
Corn Congress in Washington DC
Meet movers and shakers in agriculture in Washington DC, and attend Corn Congress
Two Additional Learning Sessions in Kansas
Meet industry leaders and influencers during two sessions in Kansas
Complete a Capstone Project
Complete your academy experience with a capstone project
Collegiate Academy Application Requirements
Each application must include the following pieces to be considered:
- Completed application form answering all of the questions
- Must have a student membership, only $25 for a 12-month membership
- Student must attend a post-secondary education Kansas institution
- Must be enrolling in classes for the spring and fall 2022 semesters
- Two reference forms from non-family members, one must be an academic contact
- One-page resume highlighting academic, work and extracurricular activities and experience
- Dates of sessions to be announced
Applications are due November 15, 2021. A confirmation email will be sent to student when all necessary materials and forms are received.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students are selected through this application process by one Kansas Corn Growers Association Board member, one Kansas Corn Commissioner and one industry representative.
Yes, both of these opportunities are open to graduate and undergraduate students.
It is $25 and students can submit their membership form online here.
You can email: email@example.com for your number, or you can put “Submitted” on the line for the membership number. We try to get applications processed in a timely fashion, but there can be delays.
Yes, you can ask the same person to complete a reference form for both applications. However, they will need to complete separate forms for both the Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy and the Next Generation Scholarship.
Kansas Corn is here to help, the Collegiate Coordinator will provide you with a customized excuse letter for your professor(s).
Almost all expenses are covered by Kansas Corn. Participants are responsible for getting themselves to the meeting spot (Manhattan) for the three in-state sessions. Travel will be covered for the Washington D.C. session.
No, all reference forms need to be completed by non-family members.
Collegiate Academy Class 4
Members of Class 4 of the Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy:
- Adelaide Katzer, Agronomy, from Louisburg, Kansas
- Sage Collins, Ag Economics, from Chanute, Kansas
- Kate Cooper, Ag Economics, from Greenwood, Nebraska
- Nicki Kirchoff, Agribusiness, from Superior, Nebraska
- Jaime Knight, Agronomy, from Kansas City, Kansas
- Nathan Ohlde, Agronomy, from Clyde, Kansas
- James Foote, Ag Economics, from Louisburg, Kansas
- Keegan Weingartner, Animal Science Pre-Vet, from Topeka, Kansas
- Eric Peterson, Animal Science, from Clifton, Kansas
What participants say about their experience
- Gracie Danner, West Liberty, IA, agricultural economics with minor in international ag
Trade is something the agriculture industry may take for granted or fail to recognize the importance of. The importance of trade was not only discussed in our many visits but we got to see first-hand the importance this summer with trade negotiations and tariff wars. The agriculture industry is global, this evident in a small-town co-op all the way to a billion-dollar agribusiness. No matter where in the industry I end up, this will be evident and important to understand and work with.
- Trent Frye, Belleville, KS, agronomy
I most definitely stepped out of my comfort zone by observing the trade and legislative discussions during our Lawrence, Topeka, and Washington D.C sessions. All in all I must say I learned that foreign entities and political associates can radically influence how commodity costs are established. Likewise, I learned that political negotiation is always key in the fight for corn producers everything.
- Keren Duerksen, Newton, KS, agronomy
This program gave me a better global perspective of how grain is marketed, traded and utilized. I also gain a better appreciation of the interconnectedness of governmental policy, nothing is black and white. Lastly, I was able to see diversity of corn production across the state and across the nation.