Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships Application FAQ

Key Dates

  • Application period closes at 11:59pm PST on 5/15/2020
  • Applications must be sent via email as an attachment to scholarships@annies.com by 11:59pm PST on 5/15/20.

Eligibility

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two or four year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2020/2021 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable and regenerative agriculture. International students may apply if they are attending a U.S. school.

I’m not specifically majoring in Sustainable Agriculture, but I am majoring in a related field. Can I still apply?

Students whose coursework and extra-curricular activities are related to sustainable agriculture are welcome to apply.

My work doesn’t fit neatly into one of the 3 focus tracks; can I select multiple?

We understand that building soil health, fostering above ground biodiversity, and supporting resilient farm communities are interconnected and some academic work may apply to more than one of these three areas. That said, we ask that you select the one area that most directly relates to your academic focus.

I’m in the process of applying to schools for the next school year, but am unsure of what school I’ll be attending. What should I do?

Please indicate in the “Educational Information” section on your application that you are undecided.

Are there financial reporting requirements for the scholarship?

Annie’s does not require financial reporting from recipients.

Funds

Can the funds be sent directly to an individual instead of the university?

Funds cannot be sent directly to individuals.

Am I required to use all of the funds within one semester?

No – students are not required to use the funds within a specific time period. You do not need permission from Annie’s to hold some funds for future years.

If selected to receive a grant, when will we receive funds?

Funds will be delivered to your university by end of July 2020.

About Regenerative Agriculture

What is regenerative agriculture?

While multiple definitions of regenerative agriculture exist, at Annie’s we define it as farming that protects and intentionally enhances natural resources and communities. We frame our understanding of regenerative agriculture around three core outcomes of interest: soil health, aboveground biodiversity, and economic resilience in farming communities.

Why regenerative agriculture?

As part of the food industry, we recognize that agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges. However, we also believe that agriculture can be a powerful lever to tackle issues ranging from climate change to fair labor. Truly regenerative practices not only reduce harm, but they renew resources and generate positive impact across landscapes and communities. At Annie’s, we are on a mission to create positive impact and leave the planet better than we found it. This mission applies to everything we do, from our supply chain practices and employee sustainability education workshops, to externally facing programs like our sustainable agriculture scholarship. Learn more about the importance of regenerative agriculture from our friends at The Carbon Underground and Kiss the Ground.

What is the difference between regenerative agriculture and organic agriculture?

Organic and regenerative farming share many of the same underlying principles. Both approaches prioritize soil health, leverage biological nutrient cycling to minimize the need for inputs, and address animal welfare. The Organic standard focuses on systems that avoid most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, while also using crop rotations and other innovative practices. Regenerative agriculture builds on this approach to emphasize the importance of climate beneficial practices like minimized tillage and cover cropping, which help draw carbon underground. We see regenerative agriculture as a tool to more holistically address the renewal of resources aboveground, below ground, and within farming communities to in turn generate net positive impacts. Regenerative agriculture is also supported by an understanding that measuring outcomes—such as soil organic carbon and biodiversity—is critical to understand the true impact of farming practices.

Contact

Still have questions about the application?

You can reach us here. Please note the business hours on the contact form. There can be a delay in response time during peak periods, so please submit your questions as early as possible so that we can respond to you before the deadline.