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Ag Tech Scholarships

Last year, more than  19 scholarships were awarded through the Agricultural Technology (AT) Program. These scholarships include, but are not limited to, the following:

Andrew Fox Memorial Scholarship

After graduating from the Agricultural Technology Program in 2006, Andrew D. Fox joined the Virginia State Police and was a dedicated servant to Pulaski and Fairfax counties. Andrew enjoyed farming, and it was his dream to operate his own beef cattle farm. He had a strong passion for the AT Program and the impact it had on his life. Andrew was killed in a tragic accident in October 2012. This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student from Tazewell, Wythe, or Pulaski counties. 

Curtis Mays Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to students from Southwest Virginia. Recipients are determined on the basis of grades and financial need.

John Lee Pratt Freshman Merit Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, school and community service, extracurricular activities, and expressed interest in the study of animal nutrition.

Robert P. Ruff Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded by the Virginia Turfgrass Council (VTC) in the memory of Robert P. Ruff Sr., who served as VTC treasurer until his death in 1998. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Landscape/Turf option of the Agricultural Technology program who have an expressed interest in turfgrass management as a career.

Mary Jane Neiman Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activites, and career plans. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Applied Agricultural Management option with a concentration in Agribusiness and Crop Production.

Virginia Farm Bureau Scholarships

Virginia Farm Bureau has been a strong and generous supporter of the Agricultural Technology Program since its inception. Each year, many counties and various committees contribute to the Agricultural Technology scholarship fund. It is recommended that applicants obtain a letter of recommendation from a Farm Bureau member when applying for these scholarships. There may be a preference for students from certain counties or geographical areas.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA for Virginia Tech is March 1, 2021.  A majority of the scholarships are based on financial need, and only students with documented financial need will be considered for those scholarships. Even though some applicants believe they may not have a documented financial need, having a FAFSA on file will increase opportunities for any scholarships and financial aid available in the college or university.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply for these scholarships by completing the general application at https://vt.academicworks.com/.   Click on the "Sign In" in the upper right corner to log in to the system.   Please select Agriculture and Life Sciences to the question "Which college and/or department would you like to apply for scholarships?"   Answer all applicable questions to be matched with the scholarships that you are eligible for.  The deadline for the Agricultural Technology Program is extended until May 21, 2021.

Other general Virginia Tech financial aid information is available on the Virginia Tech financial aid website.