USDA NextGen BS, Sustainable Food Systems Scholarship

The United States Department of Agriculture NextGen program was established to create a pipeline of diverse professionals, trained and ready for future careers in the food and agriculture sector, including the USDA.

This scholarship provides financial support for students in the BS in Sustainable Food Systems program, including students who identify as first-generation or underrepresented college students. Scholarship aid is only available to US citizens.

The application process is competitive. Awards are based on academic merit, leadership and community service experience, academic and professional development goals, attributes students identify with and financial need.

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Scholarship details

Amount: Up to $7,500/semester – for tuition support only

Deadline: February 15, 2024 (current students) | May 1, 2024 (incoming students)

Award term: Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

Academic level: first-year, sophomore, junior, senior

Eligibility: This application is only available to incoming and current undergraduate students in the BS in Sustainable Food Systems (Tempe, Poly, and Online) who plan on being enrolled for the 2024-2025 academic year. If awarded a scholarship, students must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours at ASU each fall and spring semester for award disbursement. Students must have financial need to cover the cost of tuition and program fees for the BS Sustainable Food Systems program. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required but is considered to help determine financial need.

Essays: Students should answer essay prompts based on their experiences. Responses to essay prompts will be used to match students with available scholarships. It’s important that students spend time preparing meaningful responses to these questions and pay attention to spelling, grammar and paragraph structure. To be considered for the USDA NextGen Scholarship, students need to complete the supplemental essay, which is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Supplemental Essay: The prompt for the essay is: Please describe your interest in the NextGen Scholarship. What are your professional goals as they relate to the U.S. food system, and how will this award support you in achieving them? Please limit your response to 3000 characters (~500 words).

Reference: Applicants will be asked to include the name and contact information of a faculty member or instructor who has agreed to serve as a reference. This is optional.

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Use one of the general College of Global Futures scholarship applications below. By applying, you will also be automatically considered for any other scholarships you are eligible for through the College of Global Futures.

Scholarship applications

ASU scholarship opportunities for incoming sustainable food systems students

Incoming students

Incoming means you have already applied to a program in the College of Global Futures and plan to start taking classes in the 2024-2025 academic year if you are admitted.

ASU scholarship opportunities for current sustainable food systems students

Current students

Current means you have already been admitted and have started taking classes – even if this is your first semester and you plan on continuing to take classes in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Scholarship opportunities

The College of Global Futures has a variety of scholarships, grants and funding opportunities available for students at all stages of their academic journey. Check out the full list here.