Scholarship Foundation

The DFA Scholarship Foundation was established in 2012, as a tax deductible 501 (C)(3) organization, to encourage educational opportunities for students pursuing a degree in food science and agribusiness, with the ultimate goal of attracting future graduates for employment in the food industry.

Every year, DFA awards scholarships to deserving university students throughout the state of California.  The success of this program is made possible due to the ongoing support of the all of our members and industry friends who contribute so generously through their donations for and participation in the annual silent and live auctions.  We thank you for your support. If you are interested in donating an auction item, please submit a donation form.

Purpose of Scholarship

The mission of the DFA of California Scholarship Foundation is to grant undergraduate students financial awards to assist them with the completion of their agricultural business related degrees and to encourage High School seniors to enter the agricultural profession.

Recipient Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for this scholarship. The applicant:

  • Is a high school senior or college student pursuing a major in an agricultural business related field and attending an accredited college within the State of California.
  • Has a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and enrolled full-time in a US high school, has graduated from a US high school or has obtained their US GED at the time of application (attached transcripts or official record)
  • Is enrolled full-time as a college student at the undergraduate level with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the time of application (attach transcripts or official record).

Application Process

Application materials must be received by April 1, 2016 in order to be considered. The following materials should be submitted:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A typed essay (no more than on page double-spaced) addressing the following topic:
    • What are your career aspirations and why?
  3. One letter of reference or recommendation from a teach or other adult who is not an immediate relative
  4. Letter of acceptance to an accredited 4 year or community college (or transcript if currently enrolled).

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by the selection committee based on application materials provided. Selected scholarship applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by May 9, 2016. Payment will be made to the recipient’s school of choice upon notification and in accordance with the school’s scholarship guidelines.


The award for the recipient is a one-time scholarship ranging from $500–$5,000 payable to the recipient’s educational institution.

If you think you possess all of criteria to be an eligible recipient of the scholarship, apply today!