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YVC Grants & Scholarships

YVC offers many scholarship and grant opportunities that can be an important part of how you pay for college.  Eligibility and criteria for scholarships varies widely – they may be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential, artistic talents, athletic ability, career plans, field of study, or special hobbies or interests.

Below are scholarships that are now accepting scholarship applications from students pursuing degrees and certifications in agriculture and wine-related studies.

Current Opportunities​​​​

Precision Agriculture:  Positive Impacts on the Environment Scholarship Contest is looking for student submissions by September 25.

There are many reasons that farmers may want to adopt precision agriculture, such as reducing costs, reducing waste, increasing profits, and reducing farming’s impact on the environment.  For millennial students, the motivation may lean more towards the last reason: environmental benefits to protecting the planet. is pleased to announce a contest for a chance to win one of three US$2,000 scholarships for students who have a precision agriculture idea that will have a positive impact on the environment.

In addition to the $2,000 scholarship prize, the winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be invited to participate in a Student Panel as part of Precision Ag Virtual Conference in November 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show.

Scholarship Value

The equivalent of $2,000.

Deadline for Student Video Submission

11:59 pm, Friday September 25, 2020 (Eastern Time, North America).


A panel of judges, composed of sponsors, industry leaders, and staff members, will determine the top submissions in each country, and post these on,, and

Farmers and producers will then be invited to vote on the best submissions.

Student Scholarship Panel Presentation 

The winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be asked to participate in a Student Panel as part of Precision Ag Virtual Conference on Wednesday November 18, 2020, at 12:30pm (Eastern Time).  Where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show.


You can be studying in any field, not just agriculture, including robotics, AI, engineering, environmental science, etc.  However, the ideas will need to be practical and appealing to farmers, as farmers will be voting on the concepts they believe are the most worthy and practical for farmers in North America and the United Kingdom.

  • Open to students in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom
  • Enrolled full-time in a college or univeristy program either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student
  • Enter contest between July 20, 2020 and September 25, 2020
  • Winners will be required to provide proof that you are enrolled in and attending the course of studies as outlined in your submission.

Submission Process 

Students are invited to submit their idea, via a social media video (Twitter and Facebook).  The video should describe the student’s research/thesis or new idea regarding precision agriculture and its potential positive impact on the environment.

  • Videos should be less than 2-minutes in length
  • Include the student or students first name(s)
  • Include the hashtag #PAG20scholarship
  • Entries should also tag the following social media accounts:
    • Twitter: @FarmsNews, @OntAg, @Agriville
    • Facebook: @Farmscom

For privacy reasons, video submissions should not include student’s full name, email, or telephone number in the submission.  Once has received the contest entry, we will direct message students to obtain your full name, email address, street address, and telephone number.

Application Deadline: September 25, 2020.

Past Opportunities​​​​

American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture annually awards numerous scholarships to students pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry.

We are now offering the following two scholarship programs:

  1. ASEV Traditional Scholarship – The scholarship awards for our traditional program are not in predetermined amounts. The amounts will vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants. Click here for details.ASEV Traditional Scholarship Application
  2. ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Enology and Viticulture – This special scholarship will be awarded to two students that exceed the expectations of our traditional scholarship program. One scholarship in enology and one in viticulture will be awarded in the amount of $12,500 each. Click here for details.
    ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship Application

All scholarship recommendations made by the Scholarship Committee are subject to final approval by the Board of Directors.

The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, gender, or physical/mental disabilities. The Society has no affiliation with the University of California or other institutions that may also offer scholarship programs.

Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply each year in open competition with new applicants for the ASEV Traditional Scholarship. Recipients of the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship are not eligible to reapply. The ASEV reserves the right not to award scholarships at all in any given year.

Deadline is March 1, 2019

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 scholarships to support their post –
high school education in ag-related fields of study.  High school senior or college student pursuing a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture. Can also pursue non-agricultural majors in human nutrition, communications, sales, marketing, public relations, journalism, statistics, mathematics, engineering, bioinformatics, computer science, welding or diesel mechanics.
A list of specific majors, states and counties is available at or
Scholarships available for FFA members and non-members. Awards are valued at $1500 each.
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020.

Fair Chance Scholarship

The Fair Chance Scholarship is awarded to fourteen students from across the state of Washington pursuing higher education at an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school. Students must be either a graduating high school senior or an adult learner/returning student. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Applicants must also be currently working, volunteering, or involved in a school-sponsored activity at least 8 hours per month, on average. Prior involvement with the Fair (4H, FFA, etc.) and financial need may be considered, though neither is a requirement. The $3,000 awards are payable over two years ($1,500 each year). All funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books.


  • Applicant must be attending an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school.
  • Applicant must be be employed, volunteering or participating in school-sponsored activity at least 8 hours a month.
  • Applicant must be a Washington resident.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 2.7 GPA.

Deadline is Due January 31, 2020  Apply for the scholarship.

Mollie Davis Scholarship

In December 2008, Mollie Davis passed away leaving an educational bequest of $20 million dollars to fund two and four-year scholarships to benefit residents of Yakima County.  The Yakima Rotary Trust was named the administrator of the scholarship program. The funds are managed by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.

The Mollie Davis Scholarship program awards up to $7,500 a year and up to $30,000 overall toward a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, we award up to $3,500 a year toward an associate’s degree.

The application period begins 12/1 and closes 2/22 each year.

Deadline is Feb 22, 2020.  Apply for the scholarship.

Scholarships through Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars. As part of their scholarship, recipients may:

  • Receive up to $40,000 per year to use toward tuition, books, and other fees and expenses at any accredited four-year institution.
  • Pursue any area of study.
  • Have access to personal advising about selecting a college, navigating financial aid, and maximizing their experience at their new institution.
  • Be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship.

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients are selected from a nationwide applicant pool each year. As minimum criteria, students must:

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status or a recent graduate (within the last five years).
  • Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2020.
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 in college.
  • Demonstrate financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new transfer scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $32,000.

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished panel of university faculty and admissions professionals. Selection criteria focus on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others.

Application Deadline

The final deadline to submit a completed application is Nov. 20, 2019.

For more information about eligibility and the application process, see or contact Ginny Mihalik, Transfer Counselor and JKC Campus Representative, at

Mike Rowe Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program.

The program aims to fund training for the next generation of workers interested in learning a trade that is in demand. .

Applicants must be enrolled in an approved trade program to be eligible for the scholarship.

To apply, follow this link.

The deadline to apply is March 28, 2019

Rotary Vocational Scholarship

If you will be enrolled in a Professional/Technical degree or certificate or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree for Fall quarter 2019, you qualify for this scholarship.

Many YVC students have been very successful in receiving this scholarship. In order to be considered, you must complete, print, and submit the application before the deadline which is March 4, 2019  I will personally deliver your application to the Rotary club if you bring it to my office in Prior Hall, room 101, no later than Friday March 1 by noon or you can mail it to the Rotary office no later than March 4.

In order to determine financial need, you will also need to submit your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from either a FAFSA or WASFA (undocumented students).  If you have never completed the FAFSA or WASFA, you can still do it online and received your EFC within a few days.  I have included an attachment entitled “Rotary Vocational Scholarship –FAFSA-WASFA Information” which explains FAFSA and WASFA and includes the links to both websites.

If chosen for an interview, you will be notified after March 11.  Interviews will be in the Parker Room in Deccio on April 9, 2019 between noon and 5 p.m.

If you have any questions or problems in completing the application for this scholarship, please contact the President’s Office at 509.574.4635  We can help you.  Don’t pass up this outstanding opportunity to get funding to offset your colleges expenses.

Deadline March 4, 2019

Rotary Club of Yakima Vocational Scholarship

Rotary Club of Yakima has extended the deadline to apply for the Vocational Scholarship. Are you a vocational student studying at YVC or will you be attending next year? If so you may qualify.

Deadline May 15.

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USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2019 scholarship application cycle for the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program.  The program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students studying agriculture, food, natural resources sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines.

The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resources sciences, or related academic disciplines.  When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may at its discretion convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • High school seniors entering their freshman year of college
  • Rising college sophomores and juniors

General Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Cumulative year-end GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Accepted to or currently attending an 1890s institution to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related academic disciplines
  • Applications

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program 2020 Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

The scholarship is renewable each year and is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.  Additional requirements are listed in the application package.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Apply now for the Career and Technical Scholarship provided by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program! The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) provides Washington state residents with $1,500 per quarter towards an eligible associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship in a trade, STEM or health care field. Funding can be used at any Washington state community or technical college and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. The application closes on June 4!

Scholars that intend to earn their bachelor’s degree after the completion of their program are not eligible for CTS and are instead encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Scholarship. Learn more about BaS here.

The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español.

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Washington Apple Education Foundation

Who qualifies?

Students raised in families with direct ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry are eligible to apply.  Ties to the industry are created through immediate family member or personal employment in an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington, immediate family ownership of an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington or immediate family employment in a company directly serving the apple, cherry or pear industry in Washington.  Additionally, students with a desire to work for the tree fruit industry may also qualify.

Universal Scholarship Application – Use if you meet the criteria and are on a four-year career path or are pursuing a two-year program that does not meet the vocational/technical application criteria.

Vocational/Technical Application – Use this form if you are enrolling in a technical or vocational program compatible with work in the tree fruit industry. Program that qualify include auto repair/mechanic, automotive technology, computer application, construction building and trades, diesel mechanic, electrical, electronics, HVAC, industrial systems technology, information technology, instrumentation, logistics control, machine programming, machine technology, mechanized irrigation systems, network administration, project management, refrigeration, welding, or other technical agriculture related.

Deadline March 1, 2020

Washington State Grape Society Scholarship

The Washington State Grape Society is proud to offer one $1,500.00 scholarship to a deserving graduate student and one $1,500.00 scholarship to a deserving undergraduate student, who are engaged in a field of study relating to the growing and processing of grapes. These scholarships are open to students enrolled in any Washington State accredited institute of higher learning as of Fall 2020.
You may download an application by visiting our website at: The completed Personal Information Sheet will need to be returned to the Washington State Grape Society, along with a Letter of Application, as outlined in the guidelines. Three confidential letters of recommendation must also be submitted.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2020.
The scholarship recipient will be announced in July, and will also be recognized at the annual meeting in November.
If you have any questions or comments, we would encourage you to call 509.585.5460.

Washington Wine Industry Foundation Scholarships

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation facilitates scholarships on behalf of Washington’s wine industry for qualifying students pursuing studies in viticulture, enology, and other wine-related studies. These scholarships are made possible through generous gifts from donors who care about the future of Washington’s wine industry. 

Foundation Fund Scholarship

The Foundation Fund was established in June 2013 as an endowed fund by the Foundation Board of Directors. With confirmation from respective families, the Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan, and John Farmer funds, plus the Industry Need and Rainy Day Funds, were used to create the initial endowment. The number of Foundation Fund Scholarship awards is determined annually and range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Walter J. Clore Scholarship

The Walter J. Clore Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association in honor of Dr. Clore’s grape research and lifetime achievements in the fields of viticulture and enology. Working with growers, Dr. Clore and his colleagues published information on grape varieties, diseases, insects, mineral nutrition, irrigation, cover crops, weed control, and climatological effects, including winter injury. He tested various trellis designs, which eventually led to the widespread adoption of mechanical harvesting. More than any other individual, Dr. Clore has had a profound and lasting impact on the Washington wine industry. The number of Clore Scholarship awards is determined annually and are a minimum of $1,000.

Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship

The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers was established in 2005 and offers two (2) $3,000 scholarships for students who are interested in the study of viticulture, enology, wine business management, and/or wine-related hospitality. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Klickitat, Benton or Yakima counties and whose parent(s) are employed in the Washington wine industry as demonstrated by a letter from parent’s employer. The scholarship was established by members of the HHHWG group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industries in Washington.

George & Susan Carter Scholarship

The George & Susan Carter Scholarship was established in 2017 as an endowed fund in honor of Washington State University researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife, Susan. George Carter worked side by side with Dr. Walter Clore and the two were close friends. As part of his day-to-day activities, Carter developed a system for classifying American, European, and hybrid grape varietals. In recognition of his wine making accomplishments, Carter was elevated to a Supreme Knight in the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. This scholarship was established to assist students of limited means to attain associates, bachelors, and graduate level degrees in viticulture and enology. The George & Susan Carter Scholarship is a $1,000 auto-renewing scholarship awarded to one student for up to four years.

New for 2020, applications will be submitted online. Official transcripts and letters of recommendation will still need to be mailed to the Foundation office. All the details, including the application and deadlines, can be found on WWIF’s Scholarship Website.

Deadline is March 31, 2020

Yakima Valley Dairy Scholarship Foundation

Yakima Valley Dairy Foundation Scholarship

Award $1000

Who May Apply:

  1. An immediate household family member deriving its major income from:
    • dairying
    • working on a dairy
    • a dairy supported agribusiness
    • an individual pursuing a degree relating to the dairy industry
  1. Applicant or applicant’s family must reside in the Yakima Valley
  2. Applicant must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full time in an accredited institution of higher learning.  This may include a university, college, community college or a vocational/technical school.
  1. Applicant must be a high school graduate (or soon to be graduate) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 (out of 4.0) or have completed at least one semester at an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Yakima Valley Dairy Women Scholarship

Award: Minimum of $500

Who May Apply:

  1. The applicant, the applicant’s mother or grandmother must be a current and active dues paying member of the Yakima Valley Dairy Women.  Current ambassadors or alternates are ineligible, but may apply in following years.
  1. Applicant must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full time in an accredited institution of higher learning.  This may include a university, college, community college or a vocational/technical school.
  1. Applicant must be a high school graduate (or soon to be graduate) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or have completed at least one semester at an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  1. The applicant may major in any field.

Deadline:  All applications must be postmarked March 20, 2020.

Send applications to:  Yakima Valley Dairy Scholarship Foundation
c/o Yakima Valley Dairy Women PMB 223
633 Yakima Valley Highway
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Must be Postmarked by March 22, 2019
Questions:  Contact Sue Wedam at or 509.830.6434

YVDW 2020 Scholarship Application

YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship

​The YVC Vineya​rd and Winery has over $10,000 in scholarship money that is available to part-time and full-time students who are pursuing a degree in Vineyard Technology or Winery Technology. The Scholarship money comes from our annual Grape to Glass Gala fundraiser, as well as from the Yakima Enological Society.

Deadline: December 2, 2019

Application Instructions

To apply for any scholarship directly administered by the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program, please submit ONE application and the following:

  1. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer
  2. Current resume
  3. A college transcript if you have been attending college for at least 1 quarter (unofficial is fine). If you have less than 1 quarter of college submit both college and high school transcripts.

Your scholarship application is evaluated on a point system. To be considered for a YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship you must complete all sections of the application. The sections and points are as followed:

  • Resume (up to 15 points)
  • Grades (up to 15 points)
  • Goals (up to 25 points)
  • Letter of recommendation (up to 20 points)
  • Narrative (up to 25 points)

The YVC Vineyard and Winery Program will accept scholarship applications up until December 2, 2019. Scholarship awards will range from $250-$1,500 and will be announced on or before December 13, 2019.

Mailing Address:
YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship
500 W Main Street
Grandview, WA 98930

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YVC Foundation Scholarship

Incorporated in July 1977 the Foundation’s primary goal is to provide scholarships for students. They award over $200,000 in scholarships annually. In the past 37 years the Foundation has helped students accomplish their goals by awarding over 4,500 scholarships totaling more than $4 million.

The ability to provide opportunities to deserving students can only continue through generous donation. For information on becoming a donor, contact 509.574.4645

Apply Online for Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: February 28, 2020

Scholarship Resources  is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. This user-friendly site allows students to search and apply for scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria. Students can easily see what criteria are required and apply for only those scholarships that are a good fit.  Scholarships are available year-round, so students should keep their profile up to date and log-in periodically to see if there are new matches.

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