ProAg of Renville County

2021 Scholarships

13 Scholarship winners are awarded a total of $11,950

$4,200 AFA Scholarship:
Maggie Wertish - Redwood Valley
$750 Jonathon Roker Memorial Scholarships:
Gina Huhnerock - Redwood Valley
Jaydon Estebo   - Redwood Valley

$750  Scholarships:
Nicholas Taylor - BLHS
Aidan Elfering - BOLD
Blaine Schmoll - BOLD
Ashley Frank - RCW
Cody Thompson - RCW

$500 Scholarships:
Jessica Novotny - BLHS
Elliot Hagen - BOLD
Brody Plass - BOLD
Maleia Ryberg - BOLD
Collin Schlomann - BOLD

AFA Scholarship Application is now available via the link below - Application is due March 10, 2021
Completion of the AFA application will qualify applicants for all scholarships that they are eligible for.

The local ProAg Scholarship application link is below. The application is due March 10, 2021

ProAg of Renville County is happy to announce the 2021 scholarship opportunities for Renville County
high school seniors. These scholarships are being made available by ProAg of Renville County, ProAg Scholarship Fund drive and the generous donations to past Renville County All Ag Celebrations.

ProAg is administrating the scholarship program. The program is offering scholarships (Number for 2021 TBD) to Renville County residents as well as the AFA Scholarship. ProAg also administers the Jonathan Roker Memorial Scholarship which is available to students who attend BLHS, BOLD, Cedar Mountain, GFW, RCW, Redwood Area, YME but they need not be a resident of Renville County.

There is one application for the three ProAg administered scholarships.
2021 ProAg Scholarship Application link.  
Use AFA online Application below to apply for the AFA Scholarship & all ProAg Scholarships. 
NOTE: The number of scholarships offered in 2021 will be limited. The AFA and Jonathan Roker Scholarships will be awarded. The number of other ProAg Scholarships are to be determined. 
Applicants may use the 2020 application found in the above link

1 - The scholarships per school requirements:
~ $250 to $500 scholarships per school (Number for 2021 TBD). More than two scholarships may be awarded to any school if funding is available. 
    BLHS, BOLD, Cedar Mountain, GFW, RCW, Redwood Area, YME,
    Students who live in Renville County and attending another High School or are a Home Schooled resident of Renville County will also receive consideration.
~ Renville County resident
~ Plan to attend College (2 or 4 yr Schools)
~ Open to any student regardless of career choice
~ Preference may be given to applicants pursuing an education in agriculture or related field

2 - County Wide Scholarships
~ One or two  $  500 or $1,000 scholarship (Number for 2021 TBD)
~ Renville County resident regardless of school attended (includes home schooled)
~ Plan to attend College (2 or 4 yr Schools)
~ Preference to those who plan to pursue Ag Related Careers but open to all students regardless of career choice
3 -  Jonathan Roker Memorial Scholarship will be awarded for 2021. 
~  The Jonathan Roker Memorial Scholarship was originally provided and funded by the Bird Island – Lake Lillian Class of 1979 and is now administered by ProAg. Jonathan had been a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA providing opportunities for students to participate who otherwise may not have had an opportunity. Jonathan had an unmistakable passion for rural communities and for the rural way of life.
~  1 or more $1,000 scholarship(s)
~ Attend BLHS, BOLD, Cedar Mountain, GFW, RCW, Redwood Area, YME or  but need not be a resident of Renville County or be a home schooled resident of Renville County.
~ Plan to attend College (2 or 4 yr Schools)
~ Preference will be given to applicants pursuing an education in agriculture,  crop, livestock or related ag field.
~ Selection is based on academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes and leadership qualities. Added consideration for those who demonstrate activities in 4-H ,FFA, and leadership.

Students who wish to apply for any of the Pro Ag administered scholarships and AFA scholarship may complete just the AFA application online version  at:   AFA Scholarship Application

This will fulfill the application requirements to be considered for all the scholarships.

4 - The AFA scholarship is for a student pursuing post-secondary education for careers in agriculture. Application requirements are the same as above (Renville County Resident, attending one of the schools or home schooled) with an intent in pursuing agriculture related field. A face to face interview will also be coordinated in early April.
An online application must be used at

AFA scholarship application finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the scholarship committee

You must use the online application if you will be applying for a National AFA Scholarships.

AFA Scholarship Application

ProAg is collaborating with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) to support an agricultural
scholarship program. AFA is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to helping support higher
education and leader development of future agriculture producers and rural business
leaders. Founded in 1996, AFA works to create partnerships in rural communities where
agribusinesses, educational institutions, government agencies, associations and individuals
raise funds for agriculture scholarships and promote leader development.

This AFA scholarship is $4,200. $3,200 is an academic scholarship to your college of choice and
$1,000 is for your registration at the AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, MO. in November,  2021.

If you have questions about these scholarships opportunities please feel free to contact ProAg
ProAg  David Scheibel at 320-579-0442
AFA Alumni Joel Mathiowetz at 507-430-8336

The ProAg Scholarship Selection Committee consists of:

Doug Toreen
Joel Mathiowetz
Lisa Roker
Jim Boersma
David Scheibel

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