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 and supporting documents must be postmarked or submitted via e-mail no later than February 1.

*PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING SCHOLARSHIPS*

Please read through this process carefully, as it has changed for 2018.

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 via e-mail to info@alphazeta.org along with all required documents.  You can find the links to each application below under Scholarship Applications.

Letters of Recommendation:
You have three (3) options for submitting your Letters of Recommendations:

  1. Mail your letters to the AZ National Office (postmarked by 2/1). Make sure each person writing you a letter has sealed it inside an envelope and signed over the seal before giving to you.
     
    Alpha Zeta Foundation
    201 E. Main Street, Suite 1405

    Lexington, KY 40507

  2. Save letters as PDF files and e-mail them. Have the person writing your letter(s) save the completed and signed letter as a PDF, then email the file to you. You can then e-mail it with your application to info@alphazeta.org.

3. The person who is writing the letter of recommendation can email it directly from their email address to AZ Foundation  at info@alphazeta.org.
 

Scholarship Applications

Please be sure to download the application and save it to your desktop before you begin completing it.  If you complete the PDF in your browser, it will not save your data.

New Member Scholarship Application:

If you have been a member of Alpha Zeta for fewer than 12 months, please download and complete the New Member Scholarship Application.  Upon completion, please e-mail this application along with your college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo to info@alphazeta.org.

Continuing Member Scholarship Application:

If you have been a member of Alpha Zeta for longer than 12 months, please download and complete the Continuing Member Scholarship Application.  Upon completion, please e-mail this application along with your college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo to info@alphazeta.org.

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 download and complete the Graduate Student Scholarship Application. Upon completion, please e-mail this application along with your college transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and photo to info@alphazeta.org.

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 e-mailed to info@alphazeta.org by the deadline.
  • College Transcript e-mailed to info@alphazeta.org by the deadline.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita e-mailed to info@alphazeta.org by the deadline.
  • 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) e-mailed to info@alphazeta.org by the deadline.

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