The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has awarded nearly $3.5 million in scholarships to students for the 2018-19 academic year.

Since 2005, scholarship totals for incoming freshmen and current students have tripled, thanks to gifts from donors.

The college’s study abroad program is an example of the benefits these gifts provide students. Last year the program awarded more than $187,000 in scholarships, to 336 students, who studied in 37 countries. Study abroad scholarships provide opportunities for numerous students to study on all seven continents.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ranks in the top 4 percent of agricultural colleges in the world, has the third largest undergraduate student body among agricultural colleges nationwide, offering 24 undergraduate and 35 graduate majors. The college hosts the nation’s largest ag career fair every fall. The placement rate for graduates is a record 99.2 percent and has been 97 percent or higher for 20 consecutive years.

Over the past decade, 10 college professors have been honored with national teaching excellence awards in food and agricultural sciences.

Students enrolled in the college or planning to enter the college in the coming year should apply online at

Scholarship awards for the 2018-2019 academic year were presented to:

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William Mengler, Dean of Agriculture Scholarship
Brandon Zumbach, Curtis Askelson Scholarship for Alpha Gamma Rho


Christian Atkinson, Joseph Fleming Scholarship
Brandon Venneman, Kline Family Scholarship


Kayla Toennies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Study Abroad Leadership Scholars Scholarship, Soils and Crops of Costa Rica


James Brecht, Iowa Master Farmer Association Scholarship


Madeline Moen, Tyrone D Artz Scholarship
Sydney Walker, Stark Scholarship