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 12, 2019. Awards will be sent directly to the winners’ accredited institution no later than August 1, 2019 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 8, 2019.  Please send your completed application, letters of recommendation, transcript and essay to:
Kentucky Corn Growers Association
PO Box 90
Eastwood, KY 40018

2018 Recipients

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Mary Hinton

Mary is received the Jim Barton Memorial Scholarship. She studies Agriculture Education at Western Kentucky University and is planning to be an agriculture teacher.  Mary is from Breckinridge Co. 

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Leah Collins

Leah received $2,000 to study Animal Science at Murray State University. She is from Bowling Green and plans to work in extension and is interested in starting her own AI business. 

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Abbey Dickerson

Abbey is a 4.0 student at South Warren High School and plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study Agriculture Education. 

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Kathryn Reding

Kathryn is a student at Larue County High School. She plans to study Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology at the University of Kentucky.