Scholarship Application
Organic Farmer Training Program

2017 MSU-RHS Scholarship Application

Merit & Need-based Scholarship
These scholarships exist to assist both participants of limited financial means who exhibit evidence of strong achievement in their work and/or studies as well as excellent potential for success in organic farming.
Merit and need-based scholarships are made possible by funds raised at our annual Hoophouse Gala, sponsored by MSU Residential and Hospitality Services (MSU-RHS).

Scholarship Value
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need and merit. Need and merit-based scholarships will range from $500 to $3,000 and will be applied immediately and directly to the cost of the program. (i.e. Total program fees are $3,600; a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship will owe $2,600 for the program.)

Eligibility
Applicants must:
- Complete the scholarship application, including the submission of one letter of recommendation.
- Submit relevant financial information, including their most recent tax return statement (or the tax return of anyone claiming them as a dependent).
- Be admitted to the Organic Farmer Training Program for the upcoming year in order to receive the award. (Please note that scholarship applications should be submitted at the same time as the application for admission to the program.)

Selection Criteria
1. Evidence of sustained commitment to and achievement in previous work and studies.
2. Evidence of financial hardship.
3. One letter of recommendation required detailing why the candidate should be considered for this award (written examples of the applicant’s need, achievement, merit, or potential are encouraged).
4. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional learning.
5. Demonstrated commitment to and excellent potential for a successful career in organic farming and food production.

Conditions
- The allocation will be applied directly as a credit to program fees.
- There will be no cash allocation or distribution.
- The scholarship will be forfeited if:
>The recipient fails to complete any required components of the program.
>The recipient cancels their enrollment in the program.

Please provide one letter of recommendation and email it to msufarm@msu.edu (subject line "OFTP Scholarship Application Materials") or mail it to:
Ellen Moje
Organic Farmer Training Program
MSU Student Organic Farm
Plant & Soil Science Building
1066 Bogue St., Room A288
East Lansing, MI 48824

Please complete this financial need form ( https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0Gw6Et0mw8vRzU1Z0xhLXo3b0RmUW5FdkhqdGxIcjh6OFd3) and mail it (along with tax documentation outlined in the form) directly to:
Attn: Kelly Benbraham
Office of Financial Aid
556 E Circle Dr, Room 252
East Lansing, MI 48824


Note: All information provided will be held strictly confidential. It will be viewed only by the members of the Organic Farmer Training Program Scholarship Committee and the MSU Office of Financial Aid; this information will only be reviewed in order assess the need for financial support required to attend the Organic Farmer Training Program in 2017.


The Student Organic Farm seeks to promote diversity along lines of, race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status and sexual orientation within each cohort of the Organic Farmer Training Program. We believe that this diversity fortifies the experience of participants and is important in developing a strong learning community and helps people of all backgrounds pursue careers in farming.

Please provide at least a one-page written statement describing why you should be awarded a scholarship.
Your answer
I declare that all information contained in this application is true, to the best of my knowledge, and authorize the Organic Farmer Training Program Scholarship Committee to investigate all facts on this application. I understand that deliberate false statements will result in the immediate rejection of this application and possible revocation of my offer of admission.
Please initial the box below.
Your answer
I am mailing or emailing in my letter of recommendation to the Student Organic Farm.
I am mailing in my financial need form to the Office of Financial Aid.
Attn: Kelly Benbraham Office of Financial Aid 556 E Circle Dr, Room 252 East Lansing, MI 48824
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