We're proud to support young people pursuing agriculture studies. We offer academic scholarships to incoming freshmen and current college students. Every year, we award up to five scholarships to students in our West Region and five scholarships to students in our East Region.
- Up to three $1,500 scholarships are designated for incoming freshmen enrolled in an agricultural curriculum at an accredited university in each region
- Up to two $1,500 scholarships are designated for students currently enrolled in an agricultural curriculum at an accredited university in each region
- In the West Region, one of our scholarships is named the “Eldon Heathcott” Scholarship for an awardee attending Murray State University. Dr. Heathcott retired from Murray State University as Agriculture Department Chairman in 1997 and served on the Jackson Purchase ACA Board of Directors.
- Another one of these scholarships is named the “David Leonard” Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Leonard served on the Jackson Purchase ACA Board of Directors for 23 years, until he passed away in May of 2006. The AgCredit Board of Directors established this scholarship in his honor to be presented to a graduating senior from Graves County High School majoring in agriculture.
To be eligible for either scholarship, the applicant must be an immediate family member (son or daughter) of a current member of River Valley AgCredit. Applicants cannot be an immediate family member of an employee or director. Each award will be a one-time scholarship. The scholarship is to be used to pay education-related expenses and will be issued in the form of a check payable to the individual. Students may apply every year they are eligible.
The selection committee will consist of current River Valley AgCredit board members. Other individuals designated by the CEO of River Valley can also serve on the selection committee. They will review all applications and choose semifinalists (the number is dependent upon the number of eligible applications received.) The selection committee will conduct interviews of the semifinalists. They will choose the recipients and designate the scholarships as they deem necessary. The directors and judges of the scholarship selection committee reserve the right to reduce the number of scholarships awarded based upon the number of eligible applications received.