LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit are providing six $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes academic scholarships for military veterans, current military personnel, and their spouses or children who are pursuing an agricultural or an agricultural-related degree.


Scholarship funding is provided by Farm Credit. Applications are due Friday, Aug. 17.


“We are proud to partner with Farm Credit to provide academic scholarships for the men and women, and their families, that have served our country in the military,” Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward said in a news release. “Military service members and their families have many skills that make them great candidates for successful careers in agriculture. It is an honor to provide these scholarships as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.”


James McJunkins is chief executive officer and president of Farm Credit Midsouth.


“The Farm Credit associations of Arkansas appreciate the service Arkansas veterans and current military personnel give our country,” McJunkins said. “We are pleased to help service members and their families pursue degrees and careers in the agricultural field by sponsoring these new scholarships.”


Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities, financial need, and family circumstances.


Preference will be given to Arkansas Homegrown by Heroes members, spouses, and their children, but membership is not required.


The Homegrown by Heroes scholarship is affiliated with the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Homegrown by Heroes branding program that helps farmer veterans market their local agricultural products by labeling them as veteran-produced.


For details on the Homegrown by Heroes program, and identifying products grown or made by military veterans, visit https://www.arkansasgrown.org/homegrown-by-heroes/


The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17. Online applications are available at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6324602/Homegrown_by_Heroes_Scholarship_Application,_2018.pdf