National Alpha Zeta Scholars

The Alpha Zeta Foundation annually awards a select number of outstanding Alpha Zeta student members scholarships based on scholastic achievement, leadership abilities, AZ involvement, character, community service and financial need. The students who apply for the scholarships are the best of the best. The National Alpha Zeta Scholarship Program is funded through the Alpha Zeta Foundation, thanks to the continuing generous support of alumni. Contributions to the Alpha Zeta Foundation further the goals and success of outstanding students interested in serving agriculture.

Who can apply? To be considered for a scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an Alpha Zeta member in good standing and currently active in your Alpha Zeta chapter.
  2. Be enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student with at least one year (two semesters) remaining.
  3. If currently an undergraduate and pursing an advanced degree, you must provide proof of entrance into an agricultural or veterinary medicine program the following year.

At least four applicants will be selected to each receive one of the following scholarship awards:
Burkett-Cunningham-Dennis Scholarship: $2,000 
G.W. Roach Scholarship: $1,000 
Centennial Scholarship: $1,000 
Alpha Zeta Foundation Scholarships - varying amounts

The scholarship period is now open.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by February 12, 2021

PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING SCHOLARSHIPS

Please read through this process carefully.

Submit Application:
The scholarship application has now been divided into three separate applications, based on how long you have been an Alpha Zeta member.  You must submit the corresponding Scholarship Application along with all required documents.  You can find the links to each application below under Scholarship Applications.

Scholarship Applications

 

New Member Scholarship Application:

If you have been a member of Alpha Zeta for fewer than 12 months, please complete the New Member Scholarship Application.  Please include all requested uploads including: college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo.

Continuing Member Scholarship Application:

If you have been a member of Alpha Zeta for longer than 12 months, please complete the Continuing Member Scholarship Application.  Please include all requested uploads including: college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo.

Graduate Student Scholarship Application:

If you are a member of Alpha Zeta and are either currently in graduate school or are a senior that has been accepted into graduate school for the following academic year, please complete the Graduate Student Scholarship Application. Please include all requested uploads including: college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo.

Scholarship Application Checklist

  • Confirm you are completing the right application.  
  •  Confirm you are a member in good standing that has paid their dues to the National Office.
  •  Completed Scholarship Application, which includes the following required uploads:
    • College Transcript 
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Two letters of recommendation required, up to three accepted.  One letter of recommendation MUST be from an advisor or person familiar with your Alpha Zeta involvement:
      • REQUIRED - Advisor or person familiar with your Alpha Zeta involvement
        • Select an additional letter of recommendation below:
          • Community or employer letter of recommendation
          • Department or university letter of recommendation
    •  Photograph (300 dpi – for publicity purposes only) 

Scholarships and awards may be sponsored by endowments, memorial gifts or by corporate sponsors. If you are interested in supporting the future of agriculture with an Alpha Zeta scholarship in your name or on behalf of an individual or company, or if you would like to serve on a foundation committee, please contact us.

Selection Criteria

A committee from the Alpha Zeta Foundation will screen all qualifying applications based on criteria listed below:

Selection Criteria for New Member Applications:

Leadership 40 Points
Alpha Zeta offices held, committee work, other activities & plans for future involvement   10 points
Campus, community or other participation & activities  20 points
Work experience 10 points
Character 30 Points
Goals and future plans 15 points
Evaluation of recommendation letters 15 points
Scholarship 20 Points
Grades & evaluation of subjects completed 15 points
Honors received for scholarship 5 points
Other 10 Points
Financial information and other information not listed above  

 

Selection Criteria for Continuing Member Scholarship Applications:

Leadership 40 Points
Alpha Zeta offices held, committee work, other activities & plans for future involvement   20 points
Campus, community or other participation & activities  10 points
Work experience 10 points
Character 30 Points
Goals and future plans 15 points
Evaluation of recommendation letters 15 points
Scholarship 20 Points
Grades & evaluation of subjects completed 15 points
Honors received for scholarship 5 points
Other 10 Points
Financial information and other information not listed above  

 

Selection Criteria for Graduate Student Scholarship Applications: 

Leadership 40 Points
Alpha Zeta offices held, committee work, other activities & plans for future involvement   20 points
Campus, community or other participation & activities  10 points
Work experience 10 points
Character 30 Points
Goals and future plans 15 points
Evaluation of recommendation letters 15 points
Scholarship 20 Points
Grades & evaluation of subjects completed 15 points
Honors received for scholarship 5 points
Other 10 Points
Financial information and other information not listed above