Ambassadors Program

Thank you for your interest in the ambassador program – unfortunately our applications are closed for the 2014 competition!

We’re happy to offer up to $1,000 to any student or student organization at a United States university, school or college interested in creating a support network on your campus for anyone considering competing in the national Agricultural Innovation Prize.   The money from this grant must be used for activities on your campus that promote entries to the competition, a few ideas include:

  • Bringing in a speaker to talk about challenges and opportunities in the agriculture sector
  • Social events for students considering the competition
  • Tour of a company or organization that works in the agriculture or food sectors
  • Field trip to see a farm in action and an opportunity to ask a farmer what improvements would make the biggest difference in their lives

The Campus Ambassador role is an opportunity to build substantive leadership experience while still in college, while you build connections with students interested in the competition, student groups, faculty members and your campus administration.

The Campus Ambassador for each university duties will include a focus on the following key areas:

  • Awareness Raising: Conduct 2–4 informational events before February 28th to inform the campus community about this national student competition and prize.
  • Career Network Building: Conduct meetings with students, professors and relevant administrators to explore opportunities to reach and engage more students.

Career and Leadership Development

All campus ambassadors will be: (1) invited to calls led by the Agriculture Innovation Prize program staffers, (2) put in a position that will give you great leadership experience, (3) provided with ideas for a campus recruitment campaign, and (4) given the opportunity to travel to the University of Wisconsin-Madison if a team from your school is selected to advance to the second round.

Preferred Start Date: ASAP, opportunity closes February 5th, 2014; Campus ambassadors will be expected to serve in  for the duration of the contest (through April 26th 2014).

To Apply: Applications are closed for 2014 – please check back next year! Please complete the Ambassador Proposal.

Fine Print:
If you receive support for your ambassador program you must report monthly activities and outreach taking place with the provided funds. You must also contact and work with your university communications office (either internal, external, or both as appropriate) to provide them with information about the prize and the opportunity it brings to your campus.  Ambassador applications  will be evaluated and accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.

Ineligible Ideas:
You may not:

  • Use the funds to support a team or teams from your university in their entry to the prize
  • Use the funds in any way that doesn’t directly support the Agricultural Innovation Prize (IE: you can’t use the funding to buy a car so you can pass out flyers in a parade)

Schools with Ambassadors:
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Michigan State University
Kennebec Valley Community College
Auburn University
Iowa State University
University of Florida
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Arkansas
Arizona State University
Hawaii Community College
Graceland University
Northern Illinois University
Delaware Valley College
University of Missouri – St. Louis
University of California – Santa Cruz
American University