Growing opportunities for Kentucky's corn farmers in a changing industry. 


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. 

Tyler Kummer 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.”

Jonah Brannon 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. 

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association is proud to announce the availability of 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 for the 2017/2018 school year:

  • Two $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors
  • One $2,000 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.

Applications are available below and are due in the KyCGA office on March 10, 2017. It is also required that the applicants submit the following information with their application form:

(1)    Two letters of recommendation,
(2)    Most recent transcript,
(3)    Completion of a comprehensive essay, and

(4)    Recent head shot

Scholarship winners will be announced the week of April 10, 2017. Awards will be sent directly to the winners’ accredited institution no later than August 1, 2017 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 2017 semester, the award may be forfeited unless serious illness or injury prevents enrollment. In such case, the award may be used the following semester.

"The association is happy to be able to provide these scholarships to our members' children," said KyCorn Board President Richard Strode, a farmer from Daviess Co. "We want to provide financial assistance to a broad range of students looking at a career in farming or agriculture. Academics will be a factor, but citizenship, leadership and the willingness to make an impact on Kentucky agriculture may be considered more."

KyCorn Board and Kentucky Corn Promotion Council members have been donating to a scholarship fund for several years. Distributing the money was approved in 2011 since the fund had grown large enough to support the program. This is sixth year for the KyCorn scholarship program.

​​Anyone with questions should call 800-326-0906 or send an email to

Download the scholarship applications:  High School | College

These applications may be filled in online, but you must print, sign and mail them in to the address on the application.

Scholarship Program