Southern States announces scholarships


For more than 11 years, Southern States Cooperative has partnered with John Deere Financial to provide competitive financing programs for Southern States customers. In 2013, the two companies established a scholarship fund available to rising college sophomores pursuing an associate’s degree focused on agriculture. Applications for the 2015 academic year will be accepted from Nov. 3, 2014 through Feb. 13, 2015.

Up to five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded annually to students who demonstrate academic excellence, strong individual character and significant personal involvement in agriculture. Following the completion of the academic year, scholarship recipients will also receive a paid summer internship at a Southern States Retail or Agronomy location.

“Developing and growing leaders in this industry is crucial to our success,” said John Hiatt, Southern States vice president for credit and property management. “We’re looking for students with a real enthusiasm for agriculture and a strong work ethic, who share the same love of the land that we do.”

For more information about the Southern States/John Deere Financial Scholarship Program, including requirements and application forms, visit or email

In addition to the Southern States/John Deere scholarships, Southern States continues to fund a traditional four-year scholarship program through twelve land-grant universities in the Southern States territory.  

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