2023 NYFB Agricultural Youth Scholarship Application available NOW!
New York high school seniors who are graduating and interested in pursuing a career in agriculture can apply for New York Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Eligible students can use the financial award for college or advanced training in the skilled trades. Statewide winners can earn up to $3,000 towards their future education.
2023 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship Information
¨ 2023 graduating High School Seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry. This includes advancing their education through college or pursuing advanced training in the skilled trades.
¨ Live or work on a farm or be involved with agriculture via any avenue.
¨ Family Farm Bureau membership or Student Farm Bureau membership is required. Students can join as a Student member by visiting: www.nyfb.org/membership . Student membership is complimentary.
- Applicants under the age of 18 must also include the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
Process and Procedure
¨ Students are required to complete an application which is on the Reviewr on-line platform.
The application link is: https://my.reviewr.com/site/2023_New_York_Farm_Bureau_Agricultural_Youth_Scholarship
- An outline of the application's required information, application questions and essay question can be viewed here: application outline
The judging rubric can be viewed here: scholarship judging rubric
- After creating an account in Reviewr, the student will log in and begin the application. The student can stop, restart, and edit their application any time before the submission is due by logging into their Reviewr account.
- The responses to the questions and essay sections have character count limits. Before submitting the application, a summary page will be shown. This page can be printed to review the application answers.
¨ Applications must be competed and submitted by 5:00 pm on March 17, 2023.
¨ A District level competition will be held. If applications do not meet the criteria to be a district winner, no district award will be given. The judging event may necessitate a personal interview and essay presentation or may be based solely upon the application and attachments. The judging for district winners will take place prior to April 28, 2023. Each District Winner will receive $250 plus a memento of their selection.
¨ State winner selection will be made from District Winners, based solely on the submitted applications; there will be no personal interviews. State winners will be announced by the end of May.
A $3000 and $2000 Scholarship will be awarded.
New York Farm Bureau Names 2022 Scholarship Winners
Two New York high school seniors have received the distinct honor of being named statewide winners of the 2022 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Each student received district-wide recognition and then competed for one of two statewide scholarships. The students must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership in order to qualify. A panel of judges selected the winners based on their essay submissions, as well as their applications, which include their community and agricultural engagement.
The first-place winner is Joseph DelConte from Oswego, NY. He is a member of the Oswego County Farm Bureau in District 6 and received a $3,000 scholarship from New York Farm Bureau. Joseph attends Oswego High School. He plans to attend Cornell University to major in Plant Science with the goal of working in the plant breeding field. He has been active in his school; he co-founded the Oswego Ag Club where he served as President. His school activities also included President of the school’s Environmental Club, member of the Varsity Bowling Team, Varsity Track & Field Team, and National Honor Society. Joseph has been involved in the Oswego County Fair, 4-H and his church’s Junior Missions Committee.
The second-place winner is Lauren Chuhta from Cambridge, NY where she is a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau in District 8. Lauren received a $2,000 scholarship from New York Farm Bureau. She is a senior at Greenwich Junior-Senior High School. Lauren plans to attend the College of Agriculture & Life Science at Cornell University to major in Global Development with the goal of being involved in diplomacy or scientific communication & journalism. During high school, she has been active in Greenwich FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, the school’s Band and Jazz Band, Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Soccer and National Honor Society. Lauren has also been involved in many community service activities.
District winners receive a cash award and a gift from the New York Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Program. The other district scholarship winners include:
District 1: Miranda Nickerson is from Clymer, NY in Chautauqua County. Miranda attends high school in the Corry Area School District. She plans to attend Cornell University to major in Animal Science with the goal of being a veterinarian.
District 2: Shea Masse is from Lockport, NY in Niagara County. Shea attends Akron High School. She plans to attend either Cornell University or SUNY Oswego to major in Agricultural Sciences with the goal of having a career agricultural education.
District 3: Mark Freier is from Seneca Falls, NY in Seneca County. Mark attends the Finger Lakes Christian School. He plans to attend LeTourneau University to major in Mechanical Engineering with the goal of developing innovative ways to improve agriculture using technology.
District 4: Jacob Doyle is from Hammondsport, NY in Steuben County. Jacob attends Hammondsport High School. He plans to attend the University of Buffalo to major in Mechanical Engineering with the goal of using his engineering education to develop more eco-friendly farm equipment and more efficient methods of farming.
District 5: Morgan Hodge is from Norwich, NY in Chenango County. Morgan attends Unadilla Valley High School. She plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill or University of Connecticut to major in Animal Science/Pre-vet with the goal of being a veterinarian.
District 7: Katelynn Hocking is from Gouverneur, NY in St. Lawrence County. Katelynn attends Gouverneur High School. She plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in Therapeutic Horsemanship with the goal of being involved in the equine industry.
District 9: Autumn Madugno is from Deposit, NY in Delaware County. Autumn attends Bainbridge Guilford High School. She plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in Animal Science with the goal of being involved in the farming industry.
District 10: Annette Prezzano is from Red Hook, NY in Dutchess County. Annette attends Stissing Mountain Junior-Senior High School. She/he plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in Animal Science with the goal of being an agricultural teacher.
District 11: Kieran Schug from Blue Point, NY on Long Island. Kieran attends Bayport-Blue Point High School. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University to major in Animal Science with the goal of traveling to an underdeveloped area of the world to assist with setting up a more sustainable food system.