Kenneth E. Schwartz Memorial Farm Bureau Fund

  • 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 April 1

LEAD Scholarship Application

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

Nebraska Agriculture Education Student Teaching Scholarship Program

  • 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 24.

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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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.

Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisors of the Year

Two selected educators will be chosen for Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor of the Year. The two winners will be awarded $1,000 to be used by the Agriculture Education teacher’s FFA chapter. The winners of Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor of the Year will be recognized during the State FFA Annual Convention, in Lincoln, April 4-6, 2018. 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 Scharrdt at or (402) 421-4461.

Past Nebraska Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

2008 | 2006 | 2005 | 2001

Nebraska Agricultural Education Teacher Retention Award

  • 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 15.

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Teacher of the Year

Annually, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes two outstanding teachers and their innovative ideas of how they incorporate agriculture into their classroom environments. Two certified Nebraska K-8 teachers will receive the Teacher of the Year award and receive an all-expense paid trip to the annual National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. The 2018 conference will be held June 26-29 in Portland, Maine. Previous winners cannot be nominated for a second time.

2017 Teachers of the Year - Jane Gundvaldson & Matthew Koth

Jane GundvaldsonJane Gundvaldson, is a fourth grade teacher at Thomas Elementary School in Gretna. She brings agriculture into her classroom by paralleling what foods her students eat on a regular basis to the farms where the food is grown or raised. Jane believes these lessons linking Nebraskans to where their food comes are the most fulfilling part of her teaching career. She finds it more important than ever to help her students understand that the hamburgers or pork chops that they are eating come from Nebraska.

In addition, Mrs. Gundvaldson’s fourth graders participate in the Foundation’s Ag Pen Pal Program, where their classroom is matched with a farmer in Nebraska. Chuck Homolka, a Merrick County Farm Bureau member sends videos and pictures of planting and harvest to the students so that they understand what it really takes to grow their food. For the past two years the students have visited Homolka’s farm in Central City to see first-hand the equipment necessary to grow popcorn and corn for ethanol plants and raise cattle.

Matthew KothMatthew Koth teaches third grade at Highland Elementary School in Omaha. His classroom is also involved in the Ag Pen Pal Program and is matched with Arlan and Sarah Paxton in Stapleton. The Paxton’s have shared with the classroom by sending video of how they care for the cattle and prepare for the winter by bailing hay. The students learn firsthand how important agriculture is to the entire state of Nebraska through the Ad Pen Pal Program.

Koth also incorporates agriculture into the classroom by reading the story Stone Soup by Jon Muth to his third graders. The students discuss and write the ingredients on the board then are tasked at finding where each ingredients in the soup is from. From there, they talk about how the food gets from the farm to the grocery store and if we are able to grow those foods in Nebraska. This activity brings up discussion about why some crops are grown in different areas of the country and world. His classroom then compares which ingredients have traveled the furthest and which are the closest to us in Nebraska.

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Classroom Mini Grants

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation offers $250 and $500 competitive mini-grants for use in classroom programs that promote agricultural literacy. The grants are available for kindergarten through grade 12.
  • A teacher’s program objectives should enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture. Innovative and inter-disciplinary programs related to urban and rural interdependence, commodity connections, science exploration and other unique ties to agriculture are encouraged.
  • Applications are considered from schools and after-school programs.
  • Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges (educators and agricultural leaders).
  • Applications must be submitted by October 31.

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Field Trip Grants

Field trips introduce students to farms and ranches. Through this grant, classrooms receive funding to travel to a working farm or ranch to view what modern-day agriculture looks like.


  • Field trips are required to depict modern agriculture. Grant funds cannot be used to visit historical farms.
  • Field trips must be approved by Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.
  • Field Trips are limited to one day and need to be completed by June 1.
  • Classrooms are allowed a maximum of $700 and only the cost of transportation and entry fees will be covered.
    • All copies of receipts must be provided by June 15 to receive payment.

These grants are made possible thanks to the generous support of We Support Ag, Nebraska Corn Board, and Nebraska Beef Council.