AFA Leadership Conference and Academic Scholarship

March 8, 2016

Community Partners in Washington County have joined forces with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) to support an agricultural scholarship program.  AFA is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to supporting higher education and leadership development of future agriculture producers and rural business leaders.

AFA leverages community fundraising efforts by soliciting corporations and foundations to provide financial resources to match community dollars.  Since 1997, AFA’s partnerships have awarded more than $8 million in academic scholarships and provided leader training to 10,000 students and young professionals.  In Washington County alone, 14 students have received $44,800 in scholarships during the twelve-year community partnership with AFA.

A local committee supports the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship for Washington County and AFA matches raised community funds.  The AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship is $4,200, including a $3,200 academic scholarship.

The additional $1,000 will sponsor the Washington County recipient to the AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City on November 3-6, 2016 (attendance required).

The Washington County Community AFA Scholarship, and corresponding leadership conference, is available to all graduating seniors enrolling in an accredited college of agriculture.  They must also be a resident of Washington County.

The AFA will only accept online applications, but this process allows students to qualify for National AFA Scholarships in addition to our local AFA Scholarship.

This process provides an extra opportunity for scholarships from the National AFA organization if the candidate(s) aren’t selected as the local recipient.

The 2016 AFA Community Scholarship has a deadline of March 18, 2016.  More information and the application can be found at:

For additional information on AFA and the Washington County Community Scholarship program contact Bradley D. Conant (Coordinator) at (618) 327-3081 or

About AFA

AFA, founded in the fall of 1996 by the late R. Crosby Kemper Jr., is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition to enhancing the education and leadership potential of rural youth in the Midwest region through community-based scholarships, AFA provides leader and career development training and internship assistance to college students across the country.

AFA creates partnerships that identify, encourage, and support outstanding collegiate and young professional men and women who are pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industry.  With program participation increasing 122 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 10,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1997.  AFA has awarded more than $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships.

For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at

For more information about this local scholarship opportunity, contact Bradley D. Conant (Community Coordinator) at the Washington County Farm Bureau at (618) 327-3081 or