Maryland Grain Producers

Farmers raising food, fiber and renewable energy

Scholarship Program

Scholarship funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Checkoff Program, which supports promotion, education and research projects beneficial to the grain industry. More than $170,000 in college scholarships has been awarded since the program was established in 1991. The program is administered by the Maryland Grain Producers Association, which will be awarding up to four deserving students pursuing a career in agriculture with scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.


The purporse of the scholarship program is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing an agriculturally related career. Given the dynamic changes in agriculture today, the advances in biotechnology, global positioning systems, environmental protection, drone technology, and crop and livestock production, Maryland's grain farmers believe it is very important to encourage students to consider careers in agriculture by supporting their educational needs through the use of scholarships. 


Applicants must be a resident of Maryland and be enrolled or accepted to a four-year institution working toward a Bachelor of Science Degree, or enrolled or accepted to a two-year institution with an agricultural program. The applicant, or the applicant’s immediate family, must be involved in the production of grain in Maryland. Prior scholarship winners will be considered, however the award will be given to the non-recipient if the top scores are of equal value. The scholarship will only be awarded to a prior recipient twice. Students whose applications were declined in prior years are encouraged to reapply.


The Maryland Grain Producers Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. The selection will be based on the student's agricultural background, family farm involvement, financial need, grade point average, agricultural related studies, career goals, and extra curricular activities. The awards will be presented at the Maryland Commodity Classic at Queen Anne's County 4-H Park on the fourth Thursday in July. Recipients are expected to attend.

Application Process

Interested students should return a completed application. The Maryland Grain Producers Scholarship Committee may request additional information prior to the selection. Applications must be received by June 1st. Mail to Maryland Grain Producers Scholarship Committee, 123 Clay Drive, Queenstown MD 21658 or email to

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