Sponsorship and Scholarship Opportunities

Centra Sota Cooperative Sponsorship: 

In an effort to assist employees with professional development and to improve the Cooperative’s internal resources by educating and further developing a highly skilled workforce, Centra Sota Cooperative provides an Educational Sponsorship to several students each year. To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com.

Centra Sota Cooperative Scholarships: 

Annually, Centra Sota Cooperative funds the Dale Mausehund Memorial Scholarship. Dale, a previous employee who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in April 2012, was a seasoned Agronomist and was very passionate about his work in agriculture. Each year we fund a $500 scholarship for an Eden Valley- Watkins high school senior student who plans on pursuing a college education in agriculture (or related field). Use the link below for further detail on scholarship eligibility and for scholarship application. To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com

Annually, Centra Sota Cooperative funds the Nick Stodolka Memorial Scholarship. Nick, a previous employee who passed away unexpectedly doing what he loved, hunting with family on the family farm. At the early age of 26, Nick was a dedicated employee who took great pride in his job as an agronomy applicator for the Cooperative. Each year we fund a $500 scholarship for an Albany or Holdingford high school senior who is pursuing a college education in agriculture (or related field). Use the link below for further detail on scholarship eligibility and for scholarship application. To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com

Funded by other Affiliated Business Partners:

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarship to support their education. This year, more than $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to students across the country. More scholarships will be available in 2016. Starting this November, students can apply online at FFA.org/scholarships. The National FFA Organization administers the program, but you do not have to be an FFA member to apply. Learn More about America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships

The Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation (MCEF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation of Cooperative Network, is once again offering the Ed Slettom Cooperative Leadership Scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in cooperatives for all levels of higher education. Students must be Minnesota residents but need NOT attend a Minnesota institution of higher education. Learn More about the MCEF Scholarship

The John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program, offered by Land O Lakes, is a $25,000 scholarship available to graduate students pursuing dairy-related degrees at Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, or the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One or two scholarships are awarded annually to deserving candidates who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and aptitude toward their field of study. Learn More about the John Brandt Memorial Scholarship

The Sallstrom Scholarship is offered each year by the MCPR Board of Directors. Each year they award a $1,000 scholarship to a student at our annual CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To be eligible, the applicant must be a student entering their second, third, or fourth year of a four-year institution of higher learning or, the second year of a two-year institution of higher learning AND must be a Minnesota resident. For further information please click on the application and requirements links below. Learn More about the Sallstrom Scholarship

The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is being offered by WinField. WinField is keeping the tradition of the Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program, by announcing the kick-off for this year’s offering, today. Scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded to 10 high school seniors and 10 college students in their first or second year who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future. The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is available to high school graduating seniors and first or second year college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production, or closely related fields.

To qualify for the program, a student must: ‚Äč
  • Be a high school senior, graduating in spring of 2016; or
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore;
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and academic performance;
  • Complete an application including two reference letters and official transcript; and
  • Write essays describing the importance of farmer cooperatives, and why he or she is interested in an agricultural career.
  • Applications from dependents of employees of Winfield Solutions, LLC or Land O’Lakes Inc., are not eligible.
  • Students who previously received a scholarship from Winfield Solutions, LLC are not eligible.
Since its formation 25 years ago, the Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program have awarded more than $600,000 to young adults who share the same commitment to agronomy, excellence and the cooperative system.

Applications are available at WinField.com in the News section. All applications must be postmarked by Feb. 5th, 2016. Winners will be notified by mail in April 2016.