The majority of Agricultural Technology first-year students receive scholarships.
Albert Shoosmith Scholarship
Scholarship is awarded by the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association. Students are evaluated on scholastic achievement and strength of curriculum, school activities and volunteer service, hours devoted to work, honors and awards, and an essay.
Andrew Fox Memorial Scholarship
Andrew D. Fox graduated from the AT Program in 2006. After graduating, he joined the Virginia State Police and was a dedicated servant to Pulaski and Fairfax Counties. Andrew enjoyed farming and it was his dream to operate his own beef cattle farm. He had a strong passion for the AT Program and the impact it made on his life. Andrew was killed in a tragic accident in October of 2012. This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student from Tazewell, Wythe or Pulaski Counties.
Charles E. “Bo” Wonderley Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to students from Augusta County during both years of their program. Recipients are determined on the basis of quality of their application, the impact on the applicant's agriculture career goals and financial need.
Curtis Mays Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to students from Southwest Virginia. Recipients are determined on the basis of grades and financial need.
John Lee Pratt Freshman Merit Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, school and community service, extracurricular activities, and expressed interest in the study of animal nutrition.
Robert P. Ruff, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded by the Virginia Turfgrass Council (VTC) in the memory of Robert P. Ruff, Sr., who served as VTC treasurer until his death in 1998. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Landscape/Turf option of the Agricultural Technology program who have an expressed interest in turfgrass management as a career.
Agricultural Technology/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholarship
Virginia Farm Bureau has been a strong supporter of the Agricultural Technology Program since its inception. Each year the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation makes a sizable donation to the program’s scholarship fund and individual counties throughout the state make contributions. Virginia Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee and Young Farmers’ Committee provide scholarship funds also. In order to receive a scholarship, applicants must obtain a letter of recommendation from a Farm Bureau member.
Virginia State Golf Association — Virginia Turf Foundation
Scholarships are funded by the Virginia Golf Foundation and are administered in cooperation with the Virginia Turf Foundation. Recipients must be a resident of Virginia and must be a turf student in the two-year program entering their final year of study. Award is based on having achieved good academic standing.
From time to time certain scholarships are made available to help increase diversity within the College. If applicants believe they would qualify for diversity awards, please contact the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) office at (540) 231-5023 to check on availability of awards for the coming school year.
To apply for the Fox, Mays, Pratt, or Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship, an “Agricultural Technology Scholarship” application form must be completed. This form will be included in the packet when an offer of admission is made to a student. The application must be filled out completely to be considered. You must submit a letter of recommendation from a Farm Bureau member in addition to the application mentioned above to qualify for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA is January 15. A majority of the scholarships are based on financial need and only students with documented financial need will be considered for those scholarships. Even though some applicants believe they may not have a documented financial need, having a FAFSA on file will increase opportunities for any scholarships and financial aid available in the college or university.
Financial aid information is available on the Virginia Tech financial aid website.