Ambassador Scholarship - 1st Year

Ambassadors Learn & Network!

Ambassador Scholarship recipients have a front row seat at the NYS Agricultural Society Forum, the largest and oldest agricultural meeting in NYS where all sectors of the food system gather to explore topics critical to the future of NY agriculture and our world food supply. Whether attending college or just getting started in the agricultural work force, Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to hear from and engage with industry decision-makers through networking opportunities and personal and professional growth trainings. Each Ambassador is paired with a mentor with a similar interest, an intimate knowledge of New York agriculture, and extensive experience with the annual Forum. Participating as an Ambassador is a great addition to any resume, and will influence coursework, research opportunities and career paths.

Overnight accommodations, meals, Forum registration and one year of NYS Ag Society membership are included in the Ambassador experience. If you have participated as an Ambassador previously, you may apply to serve in the 2nd Year Experience. All applications are due November 15.

For more information, contact Ann Shephard at 315-727-5449, 

Ambassador Requirements:

  • Aged 18-25
  • Currently enrolled in college with a degree program related to agriculture, natural resources, and/or food systems, or
  • Employed in an agricultural career
  • Applicants need not be enrolled in a NYS university
  • Preference given to NYS residents
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in a future career in agriculture, food production, or natural resources

In 2020, the experience took place January 8-9 in Syracuse, NY, and included panel discussions sponsored by NYS Ag Society partners, professional development workshops, and the Annual Forum which attracts upwards of 500 attendees.

Forum Ambassador Scholarship Application:

Please submit completed application by November 15.

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