The National Black Farmers Association announced in a news release the launch of the 2021–22 Next Generation Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship program. The application deadline is June 15.

In its first year, the program will award up to 25 scholarships to Black and Hispanic graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll or are enrolled in an agriculture program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a commitment to engage in their family farm operation after college graduation, according to the release.

“It is a privilege for the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) to administer a scholarship program to ensure that the next generation of African-American/Black and Hispanic farmers receive the training and skills that will enable them to thrive in the agricultural industry,” the association said in the release. “Higher education provides essential tools, knowledge and resources that will allow these scholars to continue their family farm legacy for future generations.”

The scholarships provide tuition for up to 30 credit hours per academic year at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, on-campus housing, an all-access meal plan and up to $1,000 in textbook funds per academic year. 

For eligibility requirements, selection criteria and an online application, go to: For additional information, contact NBFA by phone at (804) 691-8528 or by email at ——

by Jonelle Mejica