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How Do I Apply?

Before Applying

Before you can apply you need to have the following items completed;

  • A Signed Parental Release form and Picture and Video Release Statement
  • A Completed and signed Student Contract
  • A two-page essay entitled, “Why I Want to Attend the AgDiscovery Program at                                               University, and What I Want to Learn.” In the essay, include information about your interests, hobbies, and any agricultural science-related courses completed or in progress; extracurricular or volunteer activities related to agriculture or plant, animal, or biological science; future career goals; and how you plan to achieve your goals. Be sure to include your full name, age, home address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people not related to you who know you well. At least one recommendation must come from a teacher, school counselor, or administrator. 


Specific eligibility requirements for admission apply to some of the participating universities. Please check that you meet the eligibility requirement for your selected school before submitting your application.

Applicants selected to attend the AgDiscovery program must attend the program in its entirety. Please do not apply if you have any obligations (such as vacation plans, summer camps, etc.) that will keep you from attending the entire AgDiscovery program, which includes weekends and opening- and closing-day activities.

School Eligible Grades
(currently in)
Alcorn State University 7–10
California State University, Fresno 9–11
Coppin State University 8–11
Delaware State University 8–11
Florida A&M University 8–11
Iowa State University 9–11
Kentucky State University 7–11
Lincoln University – Missouri 7–11
North Carolina State University 9–11
Prairie View A&M University 9–11
Purdue University 9–11
Tuskegee University 9–11
University of Arizona 9–11
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 8–11
University of Hawaii at Mānoa 9–11
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 9–11
University of Maryland at College Park 9–11
University of Maryland Eastern Shore 8–11
University of the Virgin Islands 7–11
Virginia State University 9–11


Online Applications must be submitted before midnight Eastern Standard Time on March 15th 2019
Mailed Applications must be postmarked by March 15th 2019


You will be notified the week of May 7, 2019 if you have been selected for this summer’s AgDiscovery program. Non-selected applicants will receive a letter in the mail at the end of May. 

Emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted for consideration under any circumstances. Incomplete applications and applications postmarked after the deadline also will not receive consideration.

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