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This scholarship recognizes and supports academic achievement in minority students in professions of Agriculture, Finance or Business in the Northwest. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded based on the criteria below.


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

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Enrolled university students who meet all of the following qualifications are eligible to apply. Applicants must:

  • be attending an accredited four-year university located in one of the following Northwest states:  Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or Utah;
  • be pursuing a degree in one of the following areas of study:  Business, Accounting, Agricultural Business, Finance, or Economics;
  • be a member of one of the following ethnic minority groups: 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;
  • be enrolled full time (12 or more credits);
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and
  • not be 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: Sam-Smith-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 and degree to make a positive impact?
    • Save your essay as a PDF, using the following naming convention for the filename:  Firstname-Lastname-Essay.pdf (for example: Sam-Smith-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: Sam-Smith-Letter.pdf). If you have more than one letter, combine all letters into one PDF file.
  4. Fill out the online Northwest FCS Minority Scholarship Application form and attach your PDF files.

Selection Criteria

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

Northwest FCS reserves the right to make decisions on the applicability of other academic programs on an applicant-by-applicant basis.