Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program

The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program is for college students who have an interest in agribusiness and cooperatives. The scholarship enables students to learn more about different segments of the agricultural cooperative sector and enhance their preparedness to enter careers in the agriculture industry.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at any accredited university
  • Scholarships are based on 2021-22 academic year status.

Award Description
The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship is complimentary registration to attend the 24th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference.

To Apply
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Deadline to apply: October 27, 2021

Question? Please contact:

Megan Webster, Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives,, 608-890-1048

The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Renk Agribusiness Institute, the William and Harold Moy Young Leaders Scholarship Fund, and the Ralph K. Morris Foundation.

Why attend?

  • Attend cutting-edge educational sessions and network with agribusiness professionals
  • Gain a greater understanding of the cooperative and agribusiness sectors
  • Explore career opportunities in agriculture

What Past Attendees Said About Farmer Cooperatives Conference

While my high school goal to someday work as an agronomist hasn’t changed, what type of company I choose to work for may change. After attending the Farmer’s Cooperatives Conference, I feel more excited about working for a cooperative than any private company. The unique sense of ownership and pride in your work that the cooperative system provides seems to excite me. Additionally, the cooperatives unique ability to prioritize customer and community needs better suits me and the things I value. While my career goal hasn’t changed, after attending this conference I am feeling more clearly led to pursue a career for a farmer owned cooperative and be able to have the unique relationship of calling my customers my employers.

Samuel Jesse, Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program participant, 2019

As far as topics at the conference, I would say I was must impressed by the technology that was discussed. I worked at a small-town coop that still used a database from the early 90’s so getting to see coops on the cutting edge with blockchain extremely interesting. It was also really interesting to see how the international cooperative that presented to us used technology to aid and serve farmer-members. Additionally, I was truly surprised with and overjoyed at the constant theme of lifting up young leaders and preparing to learn from them. It is so heartening to see an industry you care so much about actively cares about you as well and wants to give you a seat at the metaphorical table.

Addison Arndt, Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program participant, 2019