2017 National Black Farmers Association Scholarships

Scholarship Program With the National Black Farmers Association Supports African American Farmers

Press Release: April 20, 2017: 9:00 AM ET

The National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year is April 28, 2017. In its third year, the NBFA Scholarship Program will award scholarships of up to $5,000 to African-American farmers/students or dependents of African-American farmers who plan to enroll or are enrolled in agriculture-related study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Funded by the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, the NBFA Scholarship Program will award up to $100,000 in scholarships this year.

“Higher education provides essential tools, knowledge, and resources that allow people to pursue and achieve their goals,” said Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement, FCA US LLC, and CEO of the FCA Foundation. “It is a privilege for the FCA Foundation to be a partner with the National Black Farmers Association and these remarkable students to ensure that the next generation of African-American farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive.”

Apply for the 2017-18 NBFA Scholarship Program
NBFA scholarships are awarded based upon several criteria, including: academic performance, demonstrated leadership, participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives. Applications will be accepted at www.scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation through April 28, 2017 or until 100 applications have been received, whichever comes first.

“My father taught me very early on that land is the most important tool that a person can possess. And he taught me if I treat the land good the land will take care of me,” said John Boyd, Jr., President of the National Black Farmers Association. “Educating aspiring African-American farmers provides an opportunity to increase and advance agricultural technology, which will be passed on as a vital part of our rich farming legacy to future generations.”

Since 2015, the NBFA Scholarship Program has made 40 scholarships and provided $187,500 in educational support to students participating in a diverse range of agricultural-related studies including: agribusiness, food sciences, biology, holistic nutrition, urban farming, and veterinary science. 

About the National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African-American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA's education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being. We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. The FCA Foundation directs its resources toward the following areas of focus:

  • Youth Development – helping young people develop the leadership qualities and resiliency necessary to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
  • Education – building the skills and competencies that lead to achievement and support educational access and success.
  • Military/Veterans – ensuring veterans successfully transition to civilian life and that the needs of military service members and their families are supported.
  • Service – leveraging the talents and contributions of all members of the community.


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