Students looking for help funding college expenses need to apply for a Westchester Foundation scholarship by Feb. 1. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled in a course of study related to agriculture or agribusiness at any accredited college, university or community college.

The Westchester Foundation was established by Murray Wise, Founder and CEO of the Westchester Group, Inc., with a mission to enhance the future of American agriculture by helping to ensure a steady supply of bright, dedicated, well-educated leaders. Students are selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors based on academic qualifications, community and school involvement, leadership potential and financial need.

“Every year, we are impressed by the many qualified applications we receive,” says Wise. “Last year’s pool of candidates included promising students from 23 states. The Foundation is pleased to help these students reach their goal of earning agricultural degrees by easing the financial burden associated with rising cost of higher education.”

The scholarship can be renewed annually for up to four years, provided the students maintain acceptable grade point averages. While the amount awarded for each scholarship varies by individual and economic need, successful applicants may anticipate a minimum of $1,000 per year to fund any expenses related to attendance at the college of their choice.

Download applications here. Remember, completed forms must be received no later than Feb. 1, to be considered for scholarship funds for the fall semester of the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Source: Westchester Group, Inc.