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Excellence in Ag Scholarship Application Due Date

March 25, 2017

Washington State Potato Foundation Excellence in Ag Scholarships

Due Date:  March 25th, 2017


The Excellence in Ag Scholarship Program is intended to attract top-notch college students who are committed to lend their talents, education and initiative to improve, maintain, and bolster the agriculture (specifically potato) industry. Candidates should have a passion and willingness to work and attain a career that benefits the WA/OR potato industry and promotes pride in the agriculture industry.


The Washington State Potato Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2000. A volunteer Scholarship Committee is formulated each year and evaluates applications of 50+ candidates every Spring. Since 2001, the WSPF has awarded over 350 students a total of almost $700,000 in funds to support student educations via scholarship and summer work experience. This scholarship program awards gifts of $1000-$5000 to up to 30 students annually depending on available funding. These Excellence in Ag (EA) Scholarships are typically one year in duration, unless otherwise noted. Students may apply for multiple years, but must complete a new application packet, with new essays and with new letters of reference each year.


The Excellence In Agriculture (EA) Scholarship Program is open to graduate school, college and trade school students in the Washington and Oregon potato growing regions. To qualify for all WSPF Awards, a student should demonstrate many of the following traits:

  • Must be enrolled full time (trade school, college or graduate school) pursuing agriculture degrees (or ancillary degrees that will directly benefit agriculture)
  • Desire to attain a career that supports and bolsters the agriculture industry (with special emphasis in the WA/OR potato growing regions)
  • Have above average academic record (GPA, rigor of schools/coursework)
  • Have a work history, with record of ag involvement
  • Show extra-curricular and/or community service involvement
  • Demonstrate willingness to excel and be a leader in academics and beyond
  • Secure strong character references (with preference given to those received from ag leaders/professionals)
  • Passion and dedication to lend education and talents to promote pride in agriculture.


  • Please refer to “SCHOLARSHIP TIPS” if you are interested in additional constructive direction for your application. www.potatofoundation.org
  • Don’t plan on having your parents do the work for you (submit app, chase letters, call with questions). This is your scholarship and we hope that YOU will be personally engaged in earning this award.
  • Scholarship volunteers keep records, please don’t try to re-submit an application from prior years, you will likely be disqualified.
  • Re-read or have someone proofread your application. Punctuation and grammar does matter.


  • 0-10 points: Grade Point Average and academic achievements
  • 0-30 points: Relevance of major and career aspiration to the agriculture industry
  • 0-10 points: Application completion: tidiness, appearance, grammar and spelling
  • 0-20 points: Quality of leadership and community service experiences
  • 0-20 points: quality of letters (specific, non-generic and personal)
  • 0-10 points: Discretionary/Bonus points (student correspondence rather than parent, responds quickly to calls/e-mails, professionalism/maturity of interaction) 3


Top Excellence in Agriculture (EA) Scholarship candidates may be eligible for Premier Awards such as the Ag Ambassadors Award or the Dallas Batchelor Memorial Scholarship. Consideration for these awards will be based on the completion of one additional essay question at the end of this application. Award is not guaranteed annually, but rather will be based on fund availability and qualified applicants. A summary and description of these awards are as follows.


Eligibility: College Sophomore or above (including Graduate Level)

Amount: Up to $5000 per school year recurring up to 3 years Up to $1500 per summer for ag-related summer work experiences

Other Conditions:

  • Opportunities to design ag related summer work experiences
  • Networking meetings with key industry leaders
  • Leadership and speaking opportunities with industry supporters and WSPF audiences • Would be willing to consider serving as an ambassador to other students in the agriculture disciplines.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Ag Ambassador Award
    • Maintain ongoing contact with the WSPF Executive Director throughout the year
    • Would provide written piece (2 times year) for WSPF website
    • May be asked to participate in Industry Leadership Banquet in January


Eligibility: College Sophomore or above (including Graduate Level) with an interest in agronomy or science based degree and career.

Amount: Up to $2500 per school year recurring up to 3 years Up to $1500 per summer ag science work experiences

Other Conditions: An interview and/or additional application may be required

Applications are due March 25th. Scholarship winners will be notified prior to May 10th.

Download Scholarship Application Here

All inquiries can be directed to:
Kellee Balcom, Executive Director
Washington State Potato Foundation
PO Box 5051, Pasco, WA 99302
Phone: 509.528.4144 phone/text
Fax: 509.271.0006
Email:  kbalcom@potatoes.com