Veteran 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. There are several different scholarships offered in different parts of the year; scroll through the page to review available options.

2022-23 Cornell Small Farms Online Course NYS Veteran Scholarships

Application Closed


2023 Forage & Pasture Management Workshop Scholarships

Currently Available

Scholarship Offering. This scholarship supports a veteran's attendance to the workshop. Veterans may request reimbursement for registration fees and mileage.

Eligibility. The scholarship recipient must be a U.S. military veteran, which includes those currently serving. Veterans must reside in New York. This scholarship cannot be transferred to a non-veteran family member, although in most cases, field day coordinators allow family members to attend with you; check with the coordinator for the event in which you decide to register.


Process Steps:

Step 1. Register to attend the events.  Go to the 2023 Forage & Pasture Management Workshop site.  Review the list of event date, location, and topics and register for the event if it is right for you.

Step 2Confirm your desire to request a scholarshipGo to the 2023 Forage & Pasture Management Workshop Scholarship Form  and fill it out. This form simply assists us in keeping track of how many veterans plan to submit reimbursement and stipend forms. It also includes the question for you attest that you are in fact a veteran, so we do not have to ask you again later in the process. We will use the email address you provide to send you the mileage reimbursement form and processing instructions.

Step 3Attend the training/workshop. Remember to keep receipts for registration fees and track your mileage to and from the event.  You will need this information to submit for reimbursement. Most importantly, enjoy the training!

Step 4Submit paperwork for reimbursement. A travel reimbursement form with attached receipts must be submitted along with an event evaluation no later than 10 days after the event.

Scholarships for In Person Educational Trainings, Workshops and Conferences of Your Choice

Currently Available

Current Educational Training, Workshop, and Conference 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 Bailey Colvin 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 serving 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.