Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholarship

We are now accepting scholarship applications for 2022 Next Generation Scholarships

Applications are due October 31, 2021

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 in January 2022
  • 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 2021 and proof of enrollment fall 2022, class schedule can be used

Applications are due October 31, 2021.

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)

FAQ

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: membership@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.

For more information on this program, please
contact Emily Koop, Director of Market and Leadership Development.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients were announced at the 2021 Corn Symposium online event.

Tatum Brunkow, Wamego, KS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelors in Agriculture Economics

Kate Cooper, Greenwood, NE, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agricultural Economics

Garrett Craig, Clay Center, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agricultural Education

Max Harmon, Inman, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Biochemistry

Shelby Hattrup, Kinsley, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agronomy

Maria Kimzey, Fredonia, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agricultural Economics

Nicki Kirchoff, Byron, NE, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agribusiness

Kate Langworthy, Lawrence, KS, Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Trevor Mullen, Salina, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agronomy

Luciana Neitro, Bueno Aires, Argentina, Kansas State University, Doctorate in Agronomy

Carlos Pires, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Kansas State University, Doctorate in Agronomy

Victor Sharma, Lawrence, Kansas, University of Kansas, Doctorate in Chemical Engineering

Zoe Shultz, Grainfield, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Agricultural Communications and Journalism

Mardi Traskowsky, Herington, KS, Kansas State University, Bachelors in Milling Science and Management and Agricultural Economics

Rachel Veenstra, Hartville, MO, Kansas State University, Masters in Agronomy

Nan Wang, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, University of Kansas, Doctorate in Chemical Engineering

Victoria White, Humboldt, KS, Allen County Community College, Associates in Animal Science