The Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) have partnered together to create a scholarship in memory of Cynthia Hayes, co-founder and former director of SAAFON. Cynthia was a founder of the first network for African American organic farmers in the U.S. and dedicated her life to serving these communities. Spending time on her grandmother’s farm in Kentucky as a young person, she learned about her family’s history of over 80 years of tobacco farming. This laid the foundation for the work she would spend her life doing. Cynthia would go on to work in non-profits in the Bay Area, using her talents to support grant writing efforts and working in group homes before relocating with her husband to Jamaica where she began working directly with farmers. In 2000 Cynthia moved to Savannah, GA where her work centered on land, environmental justice and the plight of African American farmers. In addition to SAAFON, Cynthia was a founding member of several other non-profit organizations and programs that worked to build power among Black growers. Her impact and leadership were honored with several prestigious awards including the 2013 James Beard Award and the 2013 Southern Foodways Alliance John Egerton Award. Cynthia was an inspirational force in the development of NSAC’s equity platform and initiatives that followed. Her legacy lives on in the work that continues, and we hope to honor her vision with this scholarship empowering younger generations to continue this work.
This year, three students (one graduate and two undergraduate students) will receive $5,000 scholarship awards each, along with opportunities to engage with sustainable agriculture advocates and practitioners. Applications open on April 18, 2022, and close on June 20, 2022.
Scholarship eligibility requirements:
Applications open on April 18 and close on June 20
You can find the application at the below link: https://nationalsustainableagriculturecoalition.recruitee.com/o/2022-cynthia-hayes-memorial-scholarship
Submit completed application through the portal by the June 20th deadline.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about the application process or required materials