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Scholarship for Growing the Future

IDDBA's Growing the Future Scholarships, for our industry. College, Technical, Grad School! APPLY!

Scholarship for Growing the Future

IDDBA supports and encourages aspiring and experienced professionals on their paths to building credentials for a successful future.

Our scholarships help young people preparing for the road ahead as well as professionals who have chosen to venture down a new road or just build on past accomplishments.

For additional information or inquiries, contact us at 608-310-5000 or Check to see if your company is an IDDBA member  


What is the Scholarship for Growing the Future?

  • The Scholarship for Growing the Future is a program that grants hardworking college students, who are employees of IDDBA member companies, up to $2,000 towards their college tuition.
Who is eligible?
  • Students enrolled in a degree program at a college or technical school.
  • Students who work at an IDDBA-member company 13 hours a week or more (not just one breaks from school).
  • Open to students enrolled in summer ’24 or fall ’24 classes.
  • Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.
When are applications due?
  • Next application period: January 10th
  • Next application deadline: April 10th
How do I apply?
  • Apply online and upload, letter of recommendation from your supervisor (see FAQs), and essay.
  • Essay topic: With over 22 million agriculture and food-related jobs, our industry offers endless career paths spanning diverse fields - from veterinarians working with livestock to logisticians distributing products to lawyers negotiating contracts. The possibilities are endless. Explore careers in the food industry and identify a specific job that sparks your interest and explain how your current education prepares you to pursue that career.
  • Essay should be no longer than 500 words.
What else should I know?
  • Notification of awards mid-May.
  • Awards issued end of June.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, sex, race, religion, marital status, national origin, handicap, or sexual preference.

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