The Central Valley Ag Scholarship Program is to assist the further education of students of CVA employees interested in pursuing higher education in an agriculturally related field.

CVA will offer four $1,000 scholarships to students of CVA Employees.


  1. Applicant must be a student of a current CVA employee at time of awarding
  2. Be a high school senior, graduating in spring 2021; or
  3. *Be a college freshman, sophomore, or junior
  4. Enrolled at a post-secondary institution and pursuing an agriculturally related degree
  5. Demonstrate leadership abilities, academic performance and desire to further their education and career in an agriculturally related field.
  6. Submit one photo suitable for the newspaper to be used upon selection as an awardee
  7. Complete online application fully
  8. Write an essay on the topic, "How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?” 
  9. Essay Guidelines:
    1. No reference can be made in the essay that will identify the contestant. The writer can reference a state’s name or CVA location within the essay.
    2. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and submitted as a pdf file
    3. All essays must be uploaded online and accompanied by CVA Scholarship Application

*Applicants may reapply up to junior year of college if not awarded the scholarship in 2021. Scholarship Awardees may not reapply.


The applicant is to fill out the online application form and upload the photo and essay found on Deadline is March 1, 2021.

Applicants will receive a letter once the scholarship committee has determined awardees in April. The scholarship will be mailed to the school that is being attended on behalf of the awardee.

This can be found on a CVA Statement.
In cooperatives, it’s one member, one vote. That means the cooperative is always owned and controlled by its entire membership and not one entity. Write an essay explaining how the cooperative model is different than other business models when it comes to ownership and explain why the “One Member- One Vote” model is so important.
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