Costs for getting a higher education today are skyrocketing. Forbes estimates the national average cost of attending a four-year public college is over $28,000 per year, and the average cost of attending a four-year private college is now over $59,000.

Thanks to a new scholarship program from the Growmark Foundation, 15 students next fall will pay less out of their pockets. Growmark, along with FS member cooperatives, is offering a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two- or four-year degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field.

According to a company news release, applicants must complete an online application which includes academic information, community service and leadership activities, and essay questions regarding agriculture and cooperatives. Applications will be judged by a panel of agribusiness professionals.

High school seniors or students at any level of higher education may complete the application, which can be found at Applications are due by midnight on April 15, 2017 and recipients will be notified by July 1, 2017.