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Anthony Grano Scholarship Award Call for Applications

The AAEA Trust is now accepting applications for the Anthony Grano Scholarship Award. Two scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to academically successful, highly motivated students in agricultural economics or a closely related discipline with an interest in agricultural policy and the policy formation process. The scholarship will support recipients to travel to Washington, DC to meet with senior staff from USDA, Congressional offices, and agricultural trade associations and commodity organizations.

Eligible applicants will be graduate students in either agricultural economics or economics with an agricultural emphasis in any U.S. university.

The application deadline is Monday, October 16, 2017.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter that expresses interest and includes applicant contact information
  2. Essay on a current agricultural policy issue (2-5 pages)
  3. Recent CV
  4. A copy of university transcripts
  5. Letter of recommendation from department head. Department Head must be willing to match the funds if their nominee is selected

Applications should be submitted in a single space, 12 Font Size, 1” margins, and PDF format to Kristen McGuire, AAEA Executive Director, at kmcguire@aaea.org.  Failure to provide any of the required components of the application package will result in its rejection.


The Anthony Grano Scholarship is supported by the Anthony Grano Special Purpose Fund of the AAEA Trust. The Fund has been established to provide an opportunity for outstanding agricultural economics students to observe and learn the role of economics in developing agricultural policy. Dr. Grano had a long and productive career with USDA Economic Research Service and was passionate about resource policy analysis.  He believed strongly in the policy process and, more importantly, the role of economics in guiding the process.  One of his major contributions was the nurturing of young professionals as they began their careers in policy analysis.  He emphasized, and demonstrated by his actions, the role of objectivity and the need for integrity in the policy process.