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This scholarship seeks to support underrepresented groups pursuing professions or technical careers in Northwest agriculture. Scholarships will be awarded based on the criteria below.


The deadline to submit an application for a Diversity Scholarship is March 1 each year. Apply Now

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Students recently graduating from high school and current college students who meet all of the following qualifications are eligible to apply.  Applicants must:

  • be a 2023 high school graduate with plans to attend a post-secondary institute or be a current college student enrolled full time.
  • be attending or plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college located in one of the following Northwest states:  Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or Utah.
  • be pursuing an agriculture or business-related degree or trade-related certificate. Eligible programs should positively influence the agriculture industry. Examples include horticulture programs, welding, mechanics, and related technical apprenticeship programs.
  • be African American or Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, or Pacific Islander.
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the United States.
  • not a previous winner of a Northwest FCS college scholarship.

What you need to do

  1. Obtain a copy of your high school or college transcript and save it as a PDF, using the following naming convention for the filename:  Firstname-Lastname-Transcript.pdf (for example: Taylor-Doe-Transcript.pdf). Unofficial photocopies of your transcript are acceptable.
  2. Write an essay. An essay helps the judges learn more about you and your future life plans.

    Essay Instructions

    • Write an essay, no more than a page in length, discussing the following:
      How will you use your education to make a positive impact in the ag industry?
    • Save your essay as a PDF, using the following naming convention for the filename:  Firstname-Lastname-Essay.pdf (for example: Taylor-Doe-Essay.pdf).
  3. Obtain a letter of recommendation and save it as a PDF, using the following naming convention for the filename:  Firstname-Lastname-Letter.pdf (for example: Taylor-Doe-Letter.pdf). If you have more than one letter, combine all letters into one PDF file.
  4. Fill out the online Northwest FCS Diversity Scholarship Application form and attach your PDF files.

Selection Criteria

  • Essay – Measured by content and message. (30 points)
  • Leadership Experience – Measured by positions held in student government, civic groups, church groups or other community groups. (15 points)
  • Extracurricular Activities – Measured by participation in school and community organizations as well as work or industry experience. (25 points)
  • Academic Achievement – Measured by grades and transcript. (20 points)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation – (10 points)