NFU Scholarships


Stanley Moore National Scholarships


Stanley Moore was born into two prominent Farmers Union families, the Moore’s and the Talbott’s. As a young boy, he traveled with his grandfather, C.C. Talbott, a principle organizer and the first president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.

After his education and military service in the Pacific during WWII, he immersed himself in Farmers Union and rose through the ranks for 30 years. He became president of North Dakota Farmers Union in 1975, a position he held until 1987.

In addition, Moore held many leadership positions throughout his lifetime including serving as vice president of National Farmers Union from 1980-1987; chairman of the National Farmers Union Insurance Companies (NFUIC) board from 1975-1956; and NFUIC’s chief executive officer from 1987-1989.

Moore was a man who provided great vision and leadership in both public policy and financial matters. He brought success to all facets of the organization because of his business savvy, people skills and his philosophy of service. He was known to say, “It doesn’t matter much who gets the credit as long as the job gets done.”

The longterm needs of the organization, in Moore’s estimation, required the establishing a base for future financial security. “If you don’t have the financial muscle, you can be the biggest advocate in the world for a particular program; but, if you can’t put wheels under it, you can’t make it work,” he said. To further illustrate his accomplishments, one of Moore’s greatest contributions to the organization as chairman and president of Insurance Acquisition Corporation was the reacquisition of the National Farmers Union Insurance Company. Moore was a strong advocate of education and his scholarship provides a lasting memorial in honor of his achievements and dedication to Farmers Union.

Eligibility: Open to Farmers Union members and their children. High school seniors, college students or nontraditional students seeking funding to attend a two or four-year accredited college or university or technical school for any area of study.

Typed essay on the topic: Significance of rural values in America and on your life. Possible phone interview with finalists.

Award Criteria: Recipients will be selected based on academic records, social and community activities and typed essay describing personal and professional goals, and involvement with Farmers Union.

Amount: Several $1,500 scholarships will be awarded with money to be used for tuition and books.

Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed application form. Applications can be completed either through Google forms or by printing out and mailing the pdf form. Please do not submit both an electronic and paper copy.
  • A copy of your most recent complete academic school year’s transcript. These can be included in your application and does not need to be mailed separately by your school or university. If you are a college student, you can send an unofficial copy of your transcript that includes the current school year in addition to the previous. For example: A college freshman would submit a senior year high school transcript and can include an unofficial copy of the fall semester transcript as well. A college sophomore would only need to send a copy of their freshman year transcript.
  • Letters of recommendation from a Farmers Union leader of your choice AND from a teacher or professor.
  • Typed essay – three pages, 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins.

Application Deadline: April 1 Recipients will be selected and announced by July 31.

Hubert K. and JoAnn Seymour Scholarship


Hubert K. Seymour was a leader in Farmers Union throughout his life at both the state and national levels. He served the Illinois Farmers Union as secretary/treasurer for eight years and vice president for 12 years before he resigned in 1990. At the national level, he served and participated in a variety of ways. Seymour traveled each year to the National Farmers Union Convention to hear the premier agricultural speakers, voice his concerns, and offer solutions to the challenges family farmers faced.

Seymour was actively involved in the politics of agriculture and dedicated to the fight for parity. In addition to the leadership provided within Farmers Union, Seymour served on numerous agricultural advisory boards within the state of Illinois and on an advisory committee under former President Jimmy Carter's Administration. Throughout his service as a leader, he did much to promote and protect the rights of family farmers throughout the United States.

Hubert K. Seymour, married to JoAnn, farmed full-time until he became ill and died in 1994 at the age of 72. He is remembered with great affection and this scholarship is the family's way of paying a living tribute to their parents’ dedication, hard work, and commitment to Farmers Union and the family farmer.

Eligibility: Open to all graduating high school seniors who are continuing their education in either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university for any area of study. Must be a Farmers Union member.

Award Criteria: Academic record of student. Social and community activities.

Typed essay on the topic: Significance of rural values in America and on your life. Possible phone interview with finalists.

Amount: One or two scholarships will be awarded ranging from $1000 to $2000 total with the money to be used for tuition and books.

Application Deadline: April 1 Recipients will be selected and announced by July 31.

Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed application form. Applications can be completed either through Google forms or by printing out and mailing the pdf form. Please do not submit both an electronic and paper copy.
  • Copy of your high school transcript, please send this attached with your application (if this can only be sent directly from your school, note this on your application).
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a Farmers Union leader of your choice and one from a school counselor or teacher.
  • Essay must be three pages, double-spaced, and 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. All essays will be judged on creativity, content, spelling and grammar.

APPLY FOR THE STANLEY MOORE & SEYMOUR SCHOLARSHIPS HERE



Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Scholarship


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is a national society that welcomes people of all racial-ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS members pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs to ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. MANRRS represents 2,050 members of 65 chapters, within 38 statesIn 2020, National Farmers Union (NFU) and MANRRS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) summarizing the ways in which their organizations will collaborate to provide educational and leadership opportunities for young people of all racial and ethnic identities, partner on federal policy priorities, and extend each other’s reach within agricultural communities.NFU and MANRRS see a great benefit in working together to enhance the agricultural experience for young adults in the industry. Both parties have an interest in preparing students for successful careers in agriculture, food, fiber, and national resources systems. Working together will provide more opportunities for young adults interested in the agricultural industry.Eligibility: Open to MANRRs members and their children. High school seniors, college students or nontraditional students seeking funding to attend a two or four-year accredited college or university or technical school for any area of study.

Award Criteria: Recipients will be selected based on academic records, social and community activities and typed essay describing personal and professional goals, and involvement with MANRRS.

Amount: A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded with money to be used for tuition and books.

Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed application form. Applications can be completed either through Google forms or by printing out and mailing the pdf form. Please do not submit both an electronic and paper copy.
  • A copy of your most recent complete academic school year’s transcript. These can be included in your application and does not need to be mailed separately by your school or university. If you are a college student, you can send an unofficial copy of your transcript that includes the current school year in addition to the previous. For example: A college freshman would submit a senior year high school transcript and can include an unofficial copy of the fall semester transcript as well. A college sophomore would only need to send a copy of their freshman year transcript.
  • Letters of recommendation from a MANRRS leader of your choice AND from a teacher or professor.
  • Typed essay on the topic: Significance of rural values in America and on your life. Possible phone interview with finalists. Essay should be three pages, 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins.

Application Deadline: April 1 Recipients will be selected and announced by July 31

APPLY FOR THE MANRRS SCHOLARSHIPS HERE



Stanley Moore FUI Foundation Regional Scholarships


Each year, several $1,500 scholarships are awarded to Farmers Union members in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


All applications must be postmarked on or before May 1 to be considered.