IASCOE is proud to offer its membership awards in the form of education scholarships and recognition for service to others. Receiving a scholarship or recognition for selfless dedication to causes can be both encouraging and rewarding. Those who are eligible or know someone who is eligible for awards and scholarships should investigate what IASCOE / NASCOE has to offer.

For IASCOE, an overall winner and a runner-up will be selected annually. Amounts awarded will be $1000 and $500 respectively.

NASCOE’s Scholarship Program is available to NASCOE members, spouses of members, children of members and grandchildren of members. There are several scholarship categories including: traditional scholarship, continuing education scholarships, grandchildren scholarship and associate member scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the Area and National levels.

*** PLEASE NOTE: Transcripts are required for IASCOE and NASCOE scholarships. If there is an issue obtaining transcripts, please contact Jennifer Blair jennifer.blair @usda.gov OR Christopher Hare chris.hare@usda.gov immediately.***

NASCOE members can nominate other members for Distinguished Service Awards (DSA’s) using the NASCOE application online. Members can be recognized at the State, Area and National levels based on the nomination. The three award categories are:

·      Service to NASCOE,

·      Service to FSA-Agriculture,

·      Service to Community.

For both Scholarships & Distinguished Service Awards, instructions for completing the online application process can be found at https://nascoe.org/awards- scholarships/. Before applying, applicants should read the “Awards and Scholarship Handbook”. This handbook contains specific details about scholarship eligibility and dollar amounts awarded. The applications are completely online. Members have the option of starting the application and saving it to work on at a later date by using the save button on the bottom of the application. BOTH Scholarships and / or Distinguished Service Awards nominations are due on January 15, 2021.

The Awards and Scholarship Committee has created new fact sheets that I have attached to this email. You can also navigate to https://nascoe.org/awards-scholarships/ for the fact sheets as well.

Any questions for Scholarships can be submitted to Jennifer Blair jennifer.blair@usda.gov or for Distinguished Service Awards, Lisa Hollars lisa.hollars@usda.gov by January 15, 2021.

January 15, 2021 will be here before you know it. Good Luck to all!

Chris Hare, IASCOE President