The Virgil K. Webster Scholarship is awarded to persons wishing to obtain a graduate degree in agronomy. It was originally established for persons with extension experience wishing to obtain a graduate degree in Agronomy leading to specialist positions in extension but has since been modified to include students pursuing a M.S. in Agronomy Distance Education degree. The award is a $1000 scholarship and is presented annually to selected individuals. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the earnings of principal held by Iowa State University Foundation, the investing group at ISU. In a typical year, 4-5 scholarships will be awarded.
To be considered, student must submit a letter stating his/her desire to be considered for the scholarship and clearly state the reasons he/she is competitive for this scholarship by the given deadline. Previous work experience and goals of the student once the degree is obtained should be stated in the letter
Virgil K. Webster graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in Farm Crops and Soils in 1925. He was a County Agricultural Agent in Palo Alto County (Northwest Iowa) from 1927 to 1932. From 1932 to 1943 he served in the Office of Farm Management and the Soil Conservation Service. In 1943 he rejoined ISU as an area agronomist serving Northeast Iowa (Delaware County) and remained with the Extension Service until his retirement in 1967.
The Virgil K. Webster Award was established in 1977. It was originally intended for persons with Extension experience wishing to obtain a graduate degree in agronomy leading to specialist positions in Extension. In 2003, with the permission of the Webster family, the award was modified to include students pursuing a degree through the Master of Science in Agronomy Distance Education Program.