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Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506


Available Scholarships

"Applying" for Scholarships

A common question asked about scholarships is "How do I apply for specific department or program scholarships?" The answer is, students don't actually apply directly to the department or College of Agriculture for specific scholarships. Instead, every year students complete a 'scholarship form' as part of their application/enrollment process. The data in that document is used by the University, the College of Agriculture and, finally, the Department of Grain Science to establish the student's scholarship need and eligibility at all three of those levels.

If students don't complete the scholarship form each year they are, in effect, invisible to the university, college and department as far as scholarships are concerned.

At the department level, the Grain Science Scholarship Committee takes the information provided by the college (from the scholarship form), the specific stipulations in our various scholarships and uses it to match students and available scholarship dollars. For students enrolling for FALL semester, that process starts early in the preceding semester and is completed by mid to late semester. Students can expect to receive notification of their scholarship awards from the College of Agriculture by March 15 and from the Department of Grain Science by the end of April.


Last year, the department was able to award scholarships from 65 different accounts. This is a testament to the ongoing commitment and generosity of our alumni and supporters. Roughly 150 undergraduate students received a combined total of $230,000. For the Bakery Science and Management program, 55 or its 63 students received a total of $110,000. For the Feed Science and Management program, the total was $36,700 to 34 students (out of 40 total in the major). Milling Science and Management awarded $82,000 to 49 (of its 89) students.

Featured Scholarships

Kellogg's Undergraduate Scholarship
BEMA Belshaw-Loeb - BSM
Land O'Lakes - FSM
Arlin Ward - MSM
Mennel Milling Scholarship
Featured Scholarship: Bakery Science & Management

BEMA Belshaw-Loeb

The scholarship generally know as the 'BEMA' is actually the BEMA Belshaw-Loeb Bakery Science Scholarship and BEMA is short for Bakery Equipment Manufacturers Association. Founded in 1918, BEMA is an international, non-profit trade association representing leading bakery and food equipment manufactureres. In business for more than 80 years, Belshaw-Loeb is a major manufacturer of equipment for the baking industry.

Originally established in 2003 as a single award, the scholarship was expanded signifcantly in 2008 by a mult-year funding commitment by BEMA. It now funds 2 awards per year; one for a junior and one for a senior. Potential awardees are expected to have been active in student club activities.

The 2011-2012 awardees are:

"I have been fortunate enough to not only receive a scholarship, but to have the opportunity to build a relationship with my scholarship donor. This relationship deepens the value of the scholarship and makes it even more personal. Additionally, it reminds me just how much the grain science industry values students and the bright future they offer."

Caroline Bacon (Senior; Haven, KS)

"The BEMA scholarship has greatly benefited me by providing funds for me to continue my college career. It has allowed me to focus on my academics and extra curricular activities. A degree in Bakery Science is very valuable in the grain industry. Since Kansas State is the only school that offers a program of it's kind, graduates with degree are highly sought after."

Drew Ladd (Senior; Atlantic, Iowa)

Scholarship Pictures>Bacon-Ladd


Featured Scholarship: Feed Science & Management

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC

Originally created in 1996 by Purina Mills, this scholarship was continued by Land O' Lakes when they acquired Purina Mills. Now in it's 16th year of awards, it funds one or two undergraduate Feed Science & Management students each semester.

In addition to the scholarship itself the award includes an invitation to attend a Land O' Lakes Purina Feed LLC familiazation session (expenses paid) and the possibility of the offer of a summer internship with the company.

"Purina Mills, and its successor LOL Purina, have annually provided scholarship funding for Feed Science & Management students for over 20 years. A former CEO of the company stated, " We can hire a Feed Science student from Kansas State and they will have a 1to 1-1/2 year head start in their effectiveness for the company over hires for other institutions." This indicates the value of providing scholarship support for our students."

Professor Fred Fairchild

This year's awardee is:

Grace Bokelman (Junior, Washington, Kansas)


Featured Scholarship: Milling Science & Management

Arlin Ward Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1985 to honor Professor Arlin Ward on his retirement from the Department of Grain Science & Industry after a three decades long career as professor of Milling Science & Management. Now in its 25th year of awards, the scholarship is designated for students majoring in Milling Science.

Scholarship Pictures>Arlan Ward

A much beloved and greatly respected teacher, researcher, advisor and industry progessional, Professor Ward enjoyed a 40+ year career, the last 28 of which were on the department's Milling Science faculty where he touched the lives of hundreds of students and colleagues around the world.

Bakery Science Professor, Dr. Jon Faubion took classes from Prof. Ward in the 1970's and remembers him as "an inspiring teacher, someone whose concern for students and dedication to milling science was sincere and deep."

"Professor Ward was tremendous assest to the department. He made a positive difference in thousands of student lives. This scholarship, in his name, makes it possible for him to keep making a positive difference long after he has retired."

Instructor Chris Miller, MSM '03, MS '08

The 2011-2012 awardees are:

Becky Benoit (Senior, Damar, Kansas)

Alex Hecht (Senior, Wichita, Kansas)

Michelle Jack (Junior, Eustis, Nebraska)

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid Information


 The Mennel Milling Scholarship

The Mennel Milling Co is one of few companies that have been milling flour for more than a century. Over the years, the company expanded its milling and grain operations; today, they have flour mills, grain elevators and trucking companies in several states. While they take pride in their past, Mennel also prepares for the future of the milling industry. One way they realize that is by offering this generous scholarship.


The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to full time students enrolled in Milling Science and Management at K-State. It allows for non-Kansas resident students to attend at the cost of in-state tuition. In addition to meeting academic requirements, the recipient must reside in a state in which Mennel operates; currently Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Virginia. Originally established in 2010, the scholarship is available to be awarded annually to an eligible student.


The 2017-2018 awardee is:


"I was extremely fortunate to have Mennel offer me the opportunity to work with them, in the mill, several times a week through my senior year of high school. It has been a blessing to receive this scholarship as it brings the normal out-of-state tuition down to the cost of in-state tuition. In addition, they provide the recipient with $1000 towards travel expenses. This generous donation has driven me to pursue this career with a tremendous amount of weight off my shoulders, which helps me to focus more on school itself. Through the generosity of this company and the friendly staff that stands behind it, I have chosen to do my first summer internship with Mennel in summer 2018."


Nolan Brennan (freshman; Bowling Green, OH)


If you are interested in the Mennel Milling or other scholarships available, apply at

Kansas State University.



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Please contact grains@ksu.edu for additional information