Course Fee Waiver Support Opportunities

Support for Apprenticeship General Course Fee Waiver

Through grant and gift funding, we are able to offer a range of fee waivers to help cover part or all of the course fees for some Apprenticeship participants. The General Course Fee Waivers can range from $1,000 to the full course fee amount of $6,000, for applicants who meet one or more of the fee waiver criteria. Note: both domestic and international applicants may apply for a General Course Fee Waiver.

Three additional fee waiver options, the Simply Organic course fee waiver, the Veteran Course Fee Waiver, and the Food Justice and Equity Scholarship are described below.

All course fee/scholarship application forms are available on the How to Apply page.

  • The Simply Organic Scholarship Endowment was established in 2009 with two gifts totaling $123,000 from Simply Organic and from the New Frontier Foundation Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (funded through Frontier Natural Products Co-op). The endowment annually generates funding to support one apprentice with financial need who demonstrates a strong desire and potential to work in organic farming or other organic businesses. Note: domestic applicants only.
  • The Matthew Raiford Veteran Scholarship was established in 2016 with a gift from Gabrielle Stocker to cover the partial or full course fee of active or retired members of the military. Note: domestic applicants only.
  • The Food Justice and Equity Scholarship was established in 2016 thanks to support from alumni and other donors. It 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. Note: both domestic and international applicants may apply for this funding.

Note that AmeriCorps vouchers may also be used to cover course fee costs.

Course fee waiver support has also come from the USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, Agadino Foundation, Nalith Foundation, Henryorg Foundation, Stocker Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and proceeds from the Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner, along with many individual donations.