Veteran Training Scholarships

General Veteran Scholarship Information

Farm OPS strives to provide access to resources and training events for veterans pursuing careers in agriculture in New York State. With funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, we currently are offering scholarships to veterans and active duty military personnel who attend educational events, workshops, and online courses. This program is intended for individuals interested in starting a farm, currently farming, or seeking a job in the agricultural field.  Look for updates on the type and the availability of scholarships below. 

Scholarships for Educational Trainings, Workshops and Conferences

Not Currently Available

Current Online Course Scholarship Offering. This scholarship currently offers up to $200 in reimbursement on eligible costs for agricultural trainings, workshops and/or conferences on a first come, first serve basis, while funds are available.  At this time, allowable costs include travel expenses and registration fees for trainings (i.e. mileage, event registration).  Intensive, multi-day events may be eligible for a higher reimbursement rate that includes hotel costs. Expenses must total at least $25 per event to be eligible for reimbursement.

Eligibility.  The scholarship recipient must be on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or a U.S. military veteran. This scholarship cannot be transferred to a non-veteran family member.  Veterans are eligible for two training, workshop, and/or conference scholarships per year (June 1 to May 31).

Process Steps:

Step 1. Confirm eligibility and authorization Training topics must be related to the field of agriculture. Applicants will seek scholarship approval for events as early as possible to ensure that reimbursement can be considered. Since reimbursement will be based on the veteran providing receipts for payment, it is not advised that the veteran delay registration due to a scholarship decision.  Until a more formal process is developed, requests for approval shall be in the form of an email to Nina Saeli at ns963@cornell.edu with the subject of the email being Scholarships for Educational Trainings, Workshops and Conferences and containing the below information:

Name: full name
Phone Number: best phone number to contact you.
State of Residence Claim: You must state in a full sentence that you are a resident of NY or currently servicing in the military in NY.
Service Information: component, dates of service.
Training/Workshop/Conference Information: name, dates, location of the training/workshop.
Farm Business: If you have a farm, please let us know your farm's name, location, and types of farm business. Having a farm business is not a requirement.
Farming Interests: Just a sentence about your interest in the training/workshop/conference.

Step 2. Attend the training/workshop. Remember to keep receipts for registration fees and hotels in addition to tracking your mileage. You will need this information to submit for reimbursement. Most importantly, enjoy the training!

Step 3. Submit paperwork for reimbursement. A travel reimbursement form with attached receipts must be submitted along with an event evaluation no later than 30 days after the event. Please note that reimbursements are based on actual expenses and the total reimbursement must be between $25-$200. Reimbursement forms and receipts must be submitted with the evaluation no later than 30 days after an event.

Scholarships for Online Courses

Not Currently Available

Farm Ops is pleased to offer partial scholarships with funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for military veterans to take one of the many Cornell Small Farms online courses. Course registration for these courses is limited and will be offered first come, first served.

Current Online Course Scholarship Offering. Half-off the Tier 2 price. Continue reading to learn how to determine the Tier 2 price. You may not apply for more than one scholarship or price reducing offer towards the same course.

Eligibility. The scholarship recipient must be a veteran. This scholarship cannot be transferred to a non-veteran family member. Veterans are eligible for two Cornell Small Farms Online Course Scholarships per year (June 1 to May 31), dependent on available funding.

Process Steps:

Step 1. Go to the Cornell Small Farms Courses and Training page. Scroll down to review the list of 'upcoming' Cornell Small Farms Online Courses and the Online Courses FAQs at the bottom of the page.

Step 2. Courses are offered on a rotating basis, so make sure the course you want to take is being offered at a time that is convenient for you. Decide which course you want to take and click on the course icon. Scroll down toward the bottom to review all pricing tiers. Remember you are responsible for half of the course payment at the time of registration.

Step 3. Until a more formal process is developed, requests for approval shall be in the form of an email to Nina Saeli at ns963@cornell.edu with the subject of the email being Scholarship for Online Course and containing the below information:

  • Name: full name
  • Phone Number: best phone number to contact you.
  • State of Residence Claim: You must state in a full sentence that you are a resident of NY or currently servicing in the military in NY.
  • Service Information: component, dates of service.
  • Course Information: name and dates of course.
  • Farm Business: If you have a farm, please let us know your farm's name, location, and types of farm business. Having a farm business is not a requirement.
  • Farming Interests: Just a sentence about your interest in the course.

You will receive an email if the scholarship will be granted. If granted, the email will contain the requirements for reimbursement.

Step 4. Sign up and participate in the course.

Step 5. Submit paperwork for reimbursement. Two forms are required for reimbursement, the Reimbursement Form and an Event Evaluation. Please note that reimbursement will be based on your participation and completion of the course. Reimbursement forms must be submitted with the evaluation no later than 30 days after an event.