Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholarship

Thank you to all the students who applied for our scholarships! The application period is now closed and our committee will review the scholarship applications. Good luck to all applicants!

The Next Generation Scholarship is part of an effort by Kansas corn farmers to support students in post-secondary education who are making an impact in the corn and agriculture industry. Kansas Corn invests in students by awarding $1,000 Next Generation Scholarships.

This application is open to all college sophomores through PhD level who hold a current KCGA student membership OR have a parent/guardian with a full 3-year membership with KCGA. Students enrolled in technical institutions are welcome to apply. See eligibility requirements below.

Scholarship Requirements 

  • Must be a sophomore through PhD level student
  • Hold a student membership, available here for $25, or have a parent/guardian with a current KCGA 3-year membership
  • Must attend the Kansas Corn Symposium January 21, 2021
  • Applicants must submit a one-page resume highlighting academic, work and extracurricular activities and experiences
  • Two reference forms from non-family members, one must be an academic contact from the school currently attending
  • Official copy of post-secondary transcript of grades through spring 2020 and proof of enrollment fall 2020, class schedule can be used

Application period closed October 31, 2020.

Northwest Kansas Scholarship

Within our Next Generation Scholarship, we have additional scholarship dollars available for students who are either a northwest Kansas native or a Kansas native attending a northwest Kansas institution. Students who qualify and are interested must apply for our Next Generation Scholarship and meet current scholarship requirements. The order of preference for the additional scholarship is as follows:

  • attends a Kansas institution and is a northwest Kansas native
  • attends a school in northwest Kansas – Ft. Hays or community colleges and is a Kansas resident (with preference to a NW KS native)


What qualifies a student as a sophomore?

A student who has completed 30 or more hours at college-level courses is considered the sophomore status and is able to apply as long as they meet the other qualifications.

How are students selected?

Students are selected through this application process by one Kansas Corn Growers Association Board member, one Kansas Corn Commissioner and one industry representative.

Are the Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy and the Next Generation Scholarship programs open to graduate students?

Yes, both of these opportunities are open to graduate and undergraduate students.

Can I apply if I am attending a post-secondary school outside of Kansas?

Yes, students attending an out-of-state school may apply.

Do my parents have to be a member of Kansas Corn Growers Association?

No, your parents do not have to be members of KCGA. Applicants must either have a KCGA student membership (available here for $25), or have a parent/guardian with a current KCGA 3-year membership

What if I have not received my KCGA student membership number?

Email: memberhsip@ksgrains.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.

Can I use the same references for both the Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy and the Next Generation Scholarship?

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 & the Next Generation Scholarship.

Can I ask a family member to fill out a reference form for me?

No, all reference forms need to be completed by non-family members.

Scholarship Recipients

2020 Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholarship Recipients

Kansas Corn awarded 15 $1,000 Next Generation Scholarships in 2020. The program was focused on students who were enrolled in post-secondary school in the spring of 2019 and enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year.

Tatum Brunkow, Wamego, Kansas, undergraduate receiving her associate of general studies and agriculture economics at Fort Scott Community College

Adrian Correndo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, graduate student in agronomy at Kansas State University

Sophie Filbert, Macksville, KS, undergraduate in agronomy, minor in plant pathology at Kansas State University

Allayna Hanson, Concordia, Kansas, undergraduate in agriculture economics, minor in agronomy at Kansas State University

Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pennsylvania, graduate student in agricultural economics at Kansas State University

Maria Kimzey, Fredonia, KS, majoring in agricultural economics, minor in finance at Kansas State University

Kate Langworthy, Silver Lake, KS law student at Washburn University

Jayden Meyer, Smith Center, KS, undergraduate in agricultural economics, minor in agronomy at Kansas State University

Eli Ohlde, Clyde, Kansas, undergraduate in agribusiness at Kansas State University

Katelyn Pinkston, Clay Center, Kansas, undergraduate in agricultural education, minors in international agriculture and animal science at Kansas State University

Carlos Pires, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil graduate student in agronomy at Kansas State University

Pedro Rossini, Canelones, Uraguay, graduate student in agronomy at Kansas State University

Zoe Schultz, Grainfield, Kansas, undergraduate attending both Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University, undergraduate in agribusiness and agronomy

Colton Sutterby, Savonburg, Kansas, undergraduate in agribusiness, minor in agronomy at Kansas State University

Mardi Traskowsky, Herington, Kansas, undergraduate in milling science and management, agricultural economics, and global food systems leadership at Kansas State University

For more information on this program, please
contact Emily Koop, Market Development Coordinator and Eastern KS Representative.