Scholarship Program

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association is proud to offer three scholarships to high school seniors and current college students pursuing degrees in agriculture or a related field from an accredited college, university, or trade school.

  • Two $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors
  • One $2,000 scholarship for an existing college student (undergrad or graduate)
  • NEW - $2,000 James Barton Memorial Scholarship for an existing college student (undergrad or graduate)

Either the student or the student’s parents/guardians must be a Kentucky Corn Grower Association member to qualify. Applicants will be judged on academic performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and minimum ACT score of 18 if required by the post secondary institution), citizenship, leadership, and the role they want to play in the future of agriculture. KyCorn scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply.

Applicants must submit the following information with their application form:
(1)    Two letters of recommendation,
(2)    Most recent transcript, and;
(3)    Completion of a comprehensive essay.

Scholarship winners will be announced on or before April 13, 2018. Awards will be sent directly to the winners’ accredited institution no later than August 1, 2018 and may be used for tuition, housing, books and other educational expenses. In the event that a student is not enrolled in coursework by the Fall 2018 semester, the award may be forfeited unless serious illness or injury prevents enrollment. In such case, the award may be used the following semester.

Questions should be directed to KyCGA at 800-326-0906 or

Applications are due in the KyCGA office on March 9, 2018.  Please send your completed application, letters of recommendation, transcript and essay to:
Kentucky Corn Growers Association
PO Box 90
Eastwood, KY 40018

2017 Recipients


Jonah Brannon

Jonah is a 4.0 senior at Calloway County High School and plans to attend Murray State University this fall to study Agribusiness and Crop Production. Jonah has been actively engaged in plot research for the past few years and has already purchased family land to make his own contribution to feeding the growing population. 

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Tyler Kummer

Tyler is a leader at Simpson County High School and his community, being active in the Student Council, FFA, DECA and FBLA, and his church. He plans on studying Agriculture Economics at either WKU or UK, and will then return to the farm. Tyler said he looks forward to practicing the art of farming, which “will be a successful blend of science and business.”


Alexander Mann

Alexander Mann, of Auburn, is a sophomore studying agriculture at Western Kentucky University. He is currently looking at internship and study abroad opportunities and plans to work in Kentucky agriculture upon graduation while supporting his family’s farm. Alexander has adopted the family mantra “think global, act local” and looks forward to making his mark in the agriculture community.