Scholarships

2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarship presented by Lancaster County Farm Bureau - due 2/12

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation with support from Lancaster County Farm Bureau is offering eight $1,000 scholarships for teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference. The scholarship applications are due February 5th and the conference is being held June 28 – July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Applications due: February 12

What: National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Where: Des Moines, Iowa
When: June 28 – July 1, 2021
Award: Eight, $1,000 Scholarships

Eligibility: Certified Nebraska kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers currently teaching at a public or private school in Nebraska.

For five scholarships, preference will be given to applicants teaching elementary or middle school in Lancaster county.

For three scholarships, no preference for teaching location or grade level.

Kenneth E. Schwartz Memorial Farm Bureau Fund - due 5/1

  • This fund is administered through the University of Nebraska Foundation.
  • At least one $1,000 scholarship awarded per year with the possibility of more being awarded.
  • Must be an incoming junior or senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in an agricultural or agricultural-related program including agribusiness.
  • Must belong to a member family of a county Farm Bureau in Nebraska or have own membership.
  • A student who receives the scholarship as a junior would be eligible to receive the scholarship a second year if a satisfactory grade level has been maintained and the applicant again receives committee selection.
  • Applications are due May 1.

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LEAD Scholarship Application - due 9/15

The Nebraska LEAD Scholarship provides five $1,000 awards to Farm Bureau members who participate in the Nebraska LEAD program and commit to serving in a leadership role with Farm Bureau upon completion of LEAD.

  • Accepted member of a Nebraska LEAD Class
  • Member of a County Farm Bureau in Nebraska
  • Applications are due September 15

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Nebraska Agriculture Education Student Teaching Scholarship Program - due 4/15

  • Must be enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Education teacher education program. Eligible to apply for scholarship for the value of approximately one-half tuition or $1,500 for the semester in which the student's student teaching experience occurs. All candidates must apply, prior to applying for scholarship, for state and/or federal loan assistance programs. The scholarship will be applied to student's account at the University.
  • Must belong to a member family, have own membership or be a student member of Nebraska Farm Bureau.
  • Applications are due April 15.

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White-Reinhardt Scholarships to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Two Scholarship opportunities are available, one for teachers and one for volunteer educators. This scholarship program is to provide travel expense funds to attend the national American Farm Bureau conference.

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy.

It is important to review the application guidelines before you apply.

If you have questions contact Megahn Schafer at (402) 421-4742.

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Awards

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation believes in rewarding the efforts and energy of those committed to educating the next generation of leaders and consumers on the importance of agriculture.

FFA Advisors of the Year - due 3/1

Two selected educators will be chosen for FFA Advisor of the Year. The two winners will be awarded $1,000 to be used by the FFA chapter. The winners of FFA Advisor of the Year will be recognized during the State FFA Annual Convention, which will be held virtually, April 7-9, 2021. A plaque and check will be presented during this time. Applications are due March 1.

National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award

The National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award is sponsored by USDA's Agriculture in the Classroom Program and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium. This competitive program recognizes a select group of teachers that teach agriculture concepts in their curriculum and meet their State Standards. Each teacher receives an honorarium of $500 and $1,500 for expenses to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference held at different locations in the United States. Four Nebraska Teachers have received this award.

If you would like to apply contact Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom state contact Courtney Shreve at courtneys@nefb.org or (402) 421-4461.

Past Nebraska Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

2008 | 2006 | 2005 | 2001

Nebraska Agricultural Education Teacher Retention Award - due August 1

  • For current Nebraska Agricultural Education teachers who have existing student loans and are in their first through fifth year of teaching. Amount of loan assistance can increase over the course of the teacher's first five years in the classroom, thus encouraging the teacher to stay in the profession. Teachers must have been eligible for applicable state and/or federal loan assistance programs while in their undergraduate program. The agriculture teacher assistance scholarship will be applied to a teachers loan account.
  • Must be a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau.
  • Applications are due August 1.

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Teacher of the Year - due 12/6

The Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher for their interest and integrated efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture.

The winner of the award receives:

  • A trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to gain new ideas for their classroom.
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Book Bundle with twelve agriculture books with corresponding literature guides for their classroom.
  • $250 cash prize for use in their classroom.

To apply the teacher must:

  • Be a full-time teacher currently engaged in integrating agriculture concepts into non-vocational agriculture classroom settings at the kindergarten to 8th grade levels.
  • Past winners my not apply again.

Application deadline is December 6. (Winner will be announced January 3)

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Grants

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Field Trip Grant

Through this grant, classrooms receive funding for entry fees and/or transportation fees to travel to a working farm or ranch to view modern-day agriculture. The application will remain open until all funding is awarded.

Guidelines

  • Field trips are required to depict modern agriculture. Grant funds cannot be used to visit educational farms or historical farms.
  • Field trips must be approved by Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.
  • Field trips are limited to one day.
  • Field trips must be completed between October 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022.
  • Classrooms are allowed a maximum of $700, and only the cost of transportation and entry fees will be covered.
  • Because funds are limited, we request you apply for a specific amount as close to the actual cost of the field trip as you can estimate. This helps us to award as many field trips as possible. Thank you in advance for researching the cost of your trip before you apply.

Approved Field Trip Funds will be provided on a cost reimbursement basis in a single distribution payable to the school. To receive payment, submit all relevant receipts to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation by June 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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