The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation was organized to give aid to students with a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. The scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to study agriculture.

Who is eligible?
Any undergraduate student entering or attending a four-year accredited college or university in California and pursuing a career in the agricultural industry. Students entering or attending a junior college are not eligible for the California Farm Bureau Federation scholarship. Students must be a resident of the State of California.

How many scholarships are given, and in what amount?
Each year, the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors determine the award amounts depending on the funds available. In recent years, the range has been $1,800 to $2,750, for approximately 30 recipients each year.

In addition to the regular scholarship recipients, five special awards are given: the Frederick J. Heringer Honorary Award, the Howard P. Wackman II Memorial Scholarship, the John H. Wiechman Memorial Scholarship, the Carolyn S. Richardson Memorial Scholarship, and the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship. Any individuals fitting the criteria for these awards will be selected by the Foundation board. No additional application information is needed.

The Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship shall be in the amount of $5,000 for students attending or entering a California four-year accredited college or university and $2,500 for students attending or entering a California two-year college. Learn more about this scholarship.

Applications are accepted each year between January 1 and March 1 and must be accompanied by the following applicable items:

  • High school transcript(s) (if this is your first time applying).
  • Junior college transcript(s) (if applicable).
  • College transcript(s).
  • Two (2) letter of recommendation. Letters must be dated within the last three (3) months.

If any one of these items is missing, the application will not be considered.

Must you be a Farm Bureau Member?

What is the deadline?
Application packets must be postmarked on or before March 1. We will not process documents after this date.

In the spring, a group of finalists will be selected to be interviewed by the Foundation board. Finalists will be notified of the date, time and place of the interview in the notice of selection. Finalists should understand that they will have only a few weeks' advance notice of the interview date.

Are scholarships renewable?
Yes. Past recipients are invited to reapply each year. Each successive application must include two (2) new, current letters of recommendation and a current college transcript (high school transcripts not required for past recipients).


Letters of recommendation must have been written within the last three (3) months and contain the name of the applicant, comments on the applicant's character and abilities, and an opinion of his/her ability to profit from a college education. A parent or close relative cannot be considered as a reference. The name and occupation of each person writing a letter is required.

Mail application packets to:
California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation
2300 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833

For more information
For more information or to receive a scholarship application, contact Darlene Licciardo at (916) 561-5500.

Apply Online
Download Scholarship Application (PDF, 387 KB)

Source: California Farm Bureau Federation