Application and Fees

Program fees

Program fees for each of the 2022 Apprenticeship programs are as follows:

  • $5000 - course fees, housing, Cooperative Extension certification
  • $250 - group meal fee

In addition to the fees listed above, apprentices should expect to pay for parking (if bringing a car to campus), personal health insurance, and incidental expenses. We will also provide a list of optional books and tools to purchase, if desired.

The Center for Agroecology is committed to developing pathways to increase access to the Apprenticeship Program. Please review our scholarship information to see what is currently available.

Application Instructions

Part 1

Please complete the online application in full, prior to the application deadline:

  • March 28, 2022 for the Summer Apprenticeship (June 13 - August 19)
  • May 9, 2022 for the Fall Apprenticeship (September 12 - November 18)

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be over 18 years of age and currently reside in the US.

Our team performs a holistic review of applications. Through our selection process we strive to choose individuals who seem most prepared to maximize their training and to then use it for their work, to start their own operations, and/or to teach others. We look highly upon applicants who demonstrate thoughtful consideration of what this program offers and the degree to which it fits their long-term learning/professional objectives. We also aim to achieve a cohort of apprentices with a balance of interests, geographical and cultural origins, ages, and genders.

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Part 2

Following our review of submitted application materials, candidates will be invited for short (10-15 minute) Zoom interviews.

All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application within 30 days of the application deadline.

Scholarship information and application

Through grant and gift funding, we are able to offer a variety of scholarships to help cover part or all of the cost of course fees for some Apprenticeship participants. Scholarships may range from $500 to the full course fee amount of $5000. Scholarships are not available to cover the cost of meals, transportation, or other personal expenses.

To apply for one or more scholarships, please review the eligibility criteria below and complete the Apprenticeship Scholarship Application by: March 28, 2022 for the Summer Apprenticeship or May 9, 2022 for the Fall Apprenticeship. Note: all applicants must also complete and submit the Apprenticeship Program online application in order to be considered for scholarships.

General Apprenticeship Scholarship

All individuals who apply via the online scholarship form are considered for a General Apprenticeship scholarship. In addition to the General Apprenticeship scholarship, applicants may choose to apply to one or more additional scholarships with more specific eligibility criteria (please see below).

Simply Organic Scholarship

The Simply Organic endowment was established in 2009 through donations from Frontier Natural Products Co-op and Simply Organic to support participants in the Apprenticeship Program. The scholarship will cover the $5000 course fee for one apprentice in each session in 2022.

We have established an application process for the Simply Organic scholarship to help the staff select one recipient per year that best meets the stated intention of the fund founders:

  • The recipient should have demonstrated academic achievement, commitment, and ability to expand organic and sustainable agriculture, and have an established financial need.
  • As part of the agreement in receiving the award, the recipient is expected to provide Frontier Natural Products Co-op with biographical and related information on their experiences in the Apprenticeship Program and their future plans.
  • The recipient is also expected to provide at least one additional update on their work and impact of their training within 3 to 5 years after completing the program.
  • The recipient furthermore agrees, by their acceptance of the scholarship, to allow Frontier to publish and use their name and their information in various media in a manner that demonstrates the value of the education received by the recipient.

Food Justice and Equity Scholarship

The Food Justice & Equity scholarship is intended to support incoming apprentices presently committed to and engaged in creating food justice and equity in their communities and/or advocacy for responsible stewardship of the Earth. The scholarship will be used to financially support individuals from low-income communities that historically have been underrepresented, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the Apprenticeship.

In addition to completing the scholarship form, applicants for the Food Justice & Equity scholarship must obtain a recommendation letter that speaks to your engagement with food justice and equity in your community. Please ask the person writing your recommendation letter to upload it via the Food Justice & Equity recommendation letter form.

The scholarships will be assigned based on financial need and level of community involvement. Full or partial scholarships will be awarded to qualified candidates based on available funding.

To qualify for the Food Justice & Equity scholarship applicants must:

  • Demonstrate dedication to food justice and equity and/or advocacy for responsible stewardship of the Earth.
  • Clearly show significant financial need for a scholarship; without a scholarship applicant is unable to participate in the Apprenticeship.

Matthew Raiford Veterans Scholarship

The Matthew Raiford Veterans Scholarship supports apprentices who are veterans or active duty with full or partial awards.

To qualify for the Matthew Raiford Veterans Scholarship applicants must have:

  • Served in the US Armed Forces, currently be on active duty, or serving in the military reserve / National Guard.
  • An honorable discharge (other characters of discharge may be accepted on a case-by-case basis).
The scholarship application form will ask you to upload proof of military service (DD 214 Form, Certificate of Release or Discharge OR a Command support letter if active duty or reserve member).