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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Opportunities

Approximately 20 scholarships, each valued between $1,000-$3,000, are awarded every year to students in the Agricultural Technology Program. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, career goals, and financial need.

To be considered for any college or program scholarships, students must complete the online Virginia Tech scholarship application through Scholarship Central. Students must submit an application for admission before applying to scholarships.

To apply for scholarships, visit the Scholarship Central website:  and sign in with your guest account. Complete the general application. When you get to the question, “Which college and/or department would you like to apply for scholarships?” select Agriculture and Life Sciences. Answer all questions that are applicable to you, and you will be considered for all scholarships for which you qualify.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Deadlines

Failure to complete the required applications or meet deadlines can reduce the amount of aid or disqualify you. Review our Financial Aid website page for more information.

October 1: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens for the following academic year

Mid-August: The Virginia Tech and CALS Scholarship application opens for incoming and continuing students

March 1: Virginia Tech priority deadline to submit FAFSA (submit early for optimal consideration)

May 22: Deadline for incoming and returning Ag Tech students to apply for scholarships through Scholarship Central, submitting earlier to be considered for the maximum amount of aid

Late Spring: AT Scholarship offers are disbursed


Agricultural Technology Scholarships

The following are scholarships made possible through the generosity of donors. If you are interested in donating to help provide opportunities for students, please contact us. 

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.