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There is a Good News for Arkansas military veterans and active personnel! There are new scholarship opportunities available for Arkansas military veterans and active personnel, as well as their family members.

Tooba Maher

There is a Good News for Arkansas military veterans and active personnel! There are new scholarship opportunities available for Arkansas military veterans and active personnel, as well as their family members. 

The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit are partnering to provide eight $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes academic scholarships. According to Agriculture Department news release, “These scholarships are not only open to military veterans and active military personnel who are pursuing a degree in agriculture, but also their spouses, children and grandchildren.”  

It further added, "Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities, financial need and family circumstances. Preference will be given to Arkansas Homegrown by Heroes members, spouses and their children, but membership is not required." 

Interestingly, this is the second year for the scholarship program that is designed to support Arkansas veterans and currently serving military personnel and their spouses, children, or grandchildren who are pursuing an agricultural or an agricultural related degree and planning a career in the agriculture industry.  

Direct Link To Apply for Scholarship:  

The Scholarships will be awarded on April 30, 2019. 

The Homegrown by Heroes scholarship is affiliated with the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Homegrown by Heroes branding program. It helps farmer veterans market their local agricultural products by labeling them as veteran-produced.  

Homegrown by Heroes members and their children, are given preference in scholarship selection, but membership is not required. 

For more information about the Homegrown by Heroes program

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • U.S. military veterans (with proof of DD-214), and currently serving U.S. military personnel (with proof of CAC ID card). The children, spouses and grandchildren of these individuals also qualify (preference will be given to veterans and currently serving personnel).

  • Current or prior service in any branch of the U.S. military (including National Guard and Reserves), qualifies.

  • Must be an Arkansas resident, with a current Arkansas address.

  • Full-time undergraduate enrollment for fall 2018 at an accredited college, university or trade school program, is required. Full-time status is defined by the institution the applicant attends, or plans to attend.

  • Plans to pursue an agriculture degree, or ag-related trade certification.

  • 3.0 GPA for graduating high school seniors, and minimum ACT score of 18. Must provide final high school transcript and ACT score verification.

  • 2.5 GPA for current college or trade program students (official transcript required).

 Selection Process: 

  1. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

  2. Selection based on academic achievement, community leadership, extracurricularparticipation, financial need and family circumstances.

  3. Preference given to Arkansas Homegrown by Heroes members, spouses, and theirchildren.

  4. Scholarship recipients will be notified by late April.

 Important Things for application to be Considered Complete: 

  1. Attach the completed application form.

  2. Attach Detailed Resume:

  • Academic achievements and awards

  • Community service and/or volunteer work

  • School and/or community leadership

  • Work experience

  1. Attach Transcript(s):

A.) Graduating high school senior, only 

  • Final High School Transcript

  • ACT Score Certification

B.) Current college or trade school student, only 

  • Official Transcript with Current GPA

The Last Date to Fill the Online Applications is March 15, 2019. 

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