Applications were due January 31. If you applied for a scholarship, you will be notified by February 28

If you applied for a scholarship, DO NOT REGISTER for the conference until you hear from us regarding your scholarship status!



AWARD NOTIFICATION: February 28, 2014


The National Farm to School Network makes it a priority to keep conferences affordable and to offer scholarships to make events more accessible. Scholarships cover the costs of conference registration only. Field trips, short courses, and the South Region Reception are additional costs.


Scholarship awards cover only the early bird registration fee for the conference. Costs associated with travel and lodging are not covered by the scholarship award. In order to ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of farm to cafeteria constituents, scholarships prioritize those who often experience the greatest barriers to participation, including:

  • Limited resource farmers
  • Youth
  • Food service professionals
  • People of color, native peoples and/or immigrants
  • Individuals in or working within a limited resource community

Representation from all regions of the country will also be taken into consideration when evaluating scholarship applicants.

Scholarship recipients are required to commit to a volunteer shift during the conference. The minimum volunteer commitment will be one 4-hour shift, but the number of scholarship recipients will determine if recipients will need to commit to more than one shift (up to two shifts max per volunteer). You will have the opportunity to indicate your volunteer shift preferences within your scholarship application. We will do the best we can to accommodate those preferences.

Please only apply for a scholarship if you are interested in receiving one from our scholarship funds.  If you have a direct connection with a donor who would like to cover your registration costs, please see the “Additional Funding Information” section below for further instructions.


We expect all of our volunteer needs to be met by scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients are required to commit to at least one, 4-hour volunteer shift during the conference. If you are interested in volunteering without receiving scholarship funds or other compensation, please contact Tracey Starkovich ( / 630-207-3855).

We will let you know if you have been awarded a scholarship and volunteer position by February 28, 2014.

Please DO NOT REGISTER for the conference until you hear back from us regarding your scholarship status.

If you are not awarded a scholarship, you will still be able to register at the discounted early bird rate.  Additional spots for field trips and short courses will be made available on the scholarship announcement date to ensure that these events do not fill up before scholarship recipients have a chance to register.  Questions about scholarships or the application process should be directed to Tracey Starkovich ( / 630.207.3855).


You can also raise funds for your trip by asking friends, family, coworkers, and others to sponsor you or by hosting a fundraising event. Visit this link to download the Farm to Cafeteria Fundraising Packet for more tips and resources on raising your own funds. If you already have a donor in mind to cover your registration costs, please view this packet for instructions on collecting the donation and registering with those funds.