Farm Credit Scholars

Our Scholars participate in a variety of activities that enhance their understanding of agriculture and develop their leadership skills.

The UTIA Farm Credit Scholars program was established in 2012 by Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) through the Herbert College of Agriculture with the goal of enhancing the learning experience of students and preparing them for careers as leaders in agriculture.

FCMA is a $23.6 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 90,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. FCMA provides loads for farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, FCMA employs more than 1,100 employees and provides exciting career opportunities for college graduates.

Watch as our current Farm Credit Scholars share the impact this opportunity has had on their education and future.

About the Program

  • Scholarship Award– Scholars receive a $3,000 annual award for up to three years, contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and continued commitment to the principles of the program.
  • Academic Program– Scholars can pursue any major in the Herbert College of Agriculture, but are expected to complete courses in accounting, farm and agribusiness management, agricultural finance, agricultural law, sales and leadership. (See specific courses under Eligibility and Requirements, which closely align with the requirements for a minor in food and agricultural business). They are also expected to enroll in a one-credit Farm Credit Scholars Seminar each spring semester.
  • Internship Opportunity– Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship upon completion of their sophomore or junior year. The paid internship will normally be in one of FCMA’s Tennessee retail offices, though opportunities also exist in their corporate office in Louisville, Kentucky. Scholars will complete a research project and provide written and oral presentations to FCMA leaders as well as university students and faculty. Three hours of academic credit may be earned upon successful completion of the internship.
  • Enrichment Activities– Scholars are expected to participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance their understanding of agriculture and agricultural finance, and to develop their leadership skills. These activities will include external learning opportunities, visits to local farms and agribusinesses, leadership conferences, and guest speakers on campus.
  • Freshman or sophomore majoring in the Herbert College of Agriculture.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Commitment to a career in the field of agriculture.
  • Willingness to meet program requirements and expectations regarding participation in core program activities.
  • Willingness to complete the following courses or substitutions approved by the program director:
    • AREC 212: Introduction to Agribuisiness Management
    • AREC 342: Farm Business Management
    • AREC 395: Executive Seminar Series
    • AREC 352: Futures and Options Markets OR AREC 412: Agricultural Finance and Risk Management
    • ALEC 102: Interpersonal Leadership Development OR ALEC 202: Leadership and Diversity in Organizations and Communities
    • ALEC 240: Presentation and Sales Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
    • ACCT 200: Foundations of Accounting
  • Students complete an on-line application form that includes a personal statement, upload a resume, and arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted.
  • Applicants are evaluated based on their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, commitment to a career in the field of agriculture, and specific interest in the agricultural lending and financial services sector.
  • Finalists participate in a personal interview with the Scholars Program Coordinating Committee.
  • Online application is open January 24 – February 28, 2022.
  • Finalist interviews on March 21 and 22, 2022.
  • Selection of new scholars announced by April 1, 2022.
  • Reception to honor new scholars on May 9, 2022 from 4 – 5:30 PM in PBB 156/157.

For more information about the program, contact:

Dr. Chris Boyer and Dr. Karen DeLong
Co-Directors of the Farm Credit Scholars Program
2621 Morgan Circle, Room 302
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4518

The Farm Credit Scholars Program was established in 2012 through the Herbert College of Agriculture. Learn more about each class of scholars.

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