VPGC Community Scholarship

The VPGC Scholarship was started in 2007 to help prepare a new generation of leaders; and encourage candidates to pursue their interests in the agricultural field. The scholarship is not, however, limited to agricultural studies. Scholarships are awarded to those entering or continuing with studies at a technical, two-year or four-year institution.


Since 2008 VPGC has awarded scholarships to 36 recipents totaling $70,500. Graduates have pursued careers in Poultry Science, Agriculture, Nursing, and Aviation among many others.


2017 VPGC Scholarship Winners

Sara Jane McDonald

Daughter of Jon McDonald, Grower Member
Graduate of Rockbridge County High School
Attending Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Majoring in Music Business

Paden Rightsell

Son of Scott & Becky Rightsell, Grower Members
Graduate of Pendleton County High School
Attending Potomac State College of WVU
Majoring in Agriculture

Rebekah Sager

Daughter of Michael Sager
Graduate of East Hardy High School
Attending West Virginia University
Majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Requirements and Instructions for Application

Eligibility is defined as a child of a grower member; a child of an employee; or an employee, exclusive of the Senior Management Team or Board members. Previous award recipients are ineligible.


  • Applicants must have a current GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their school.
  • All applicants must provide current transcripts. All transcripts must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by the high school registrar or Dean of Students. If you received a GED you must provide copies of your GED Certificate and GED scores.
  • Each applicant must include a personal statement as outlined in the application
  • All applicants must provide three (3) references, two (2) of which must submit letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a teacher, counselor or employer; the second must be a personal recommendation from someone other than a family member.
  • An application form must be completed and postmarked (or hand delivered by 3:00 pm) on or before the deadline of April 14, 2017. No applications will be considered after that date, or without all information requested and all enclosures attached.
  • Awards are made with the understanding that the applicant will attend school full term as a full time student carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours. Proof of enrollment for the college or technical program and a W-9 form will be required prior to disbursement of the award.


Download Application Package:

2017 VPGC Scholarship Application