Dickinson Scholars Program

The Dickinson Scholars Program provides an opportunity for College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) sophomores to become acquainted with the Kansas City agribusiness community.

2018 Scholars

Back row: Caleb Quinlan, Clarke Blodgett, Devin Austin, Jacob Bockting, Drew Cox, Brock Winslow
Center row: Haleigh Karl, Hanna Gregory, Emma Leamer, Sage Johnson, Maria Kuhns, Brittany Cruzan, and Natalie Ayers
Front row: Shelby Bledsoe, Emily Eitel, and Carlee Johnson

About the Program

Participants are assigned to teams for a project-based tour of Kansas City agribusinesses. These interactive tours are designed to help participants gain an understanding of the Kansas City agribusiness work environment.

There are also evening programs that feature leading Kansas City agribusiness leaders. Other evening programs provide an opportunity for Dickinson Scholars to meet CAFNR alumni in the greater Kansas City area and to visit with hosts from all the companies involved with the week’s program.


  • Provide an opportunity for participants to observe firsthand the types of challenges and opportunities available in a wide range of Kansas City agribusiness companies.
  • Provide the scholars an opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of the professional requirements for a successful career in agribusiness.


The Dickinson Scholars program is funded by an endowment established by the late Gary Dickinson.

Quotes from Past Program Participants

The biggest lessons I am walking away with include the importance of networking, gaining experience, grasping opportunity, and being open to growth. In the end, this trip was super fun, I really enjoyed the introduction to Kansas City’s business community and the opportunities to play tourist. The lessons of networking, gaining experience, grasping opportunity, and being open to growth were strongly driven home! A huge thank you to the Mizzou Alumni Association, The Kansas City Agricultural community, and the Dickinson’s Scholars Program for this opportunity! —Brittany Cruzan

I had the opportunity to participate in the Dickinson Scholars Program through CAFNR. Throughout our three days in Kansas City we toured Dairy Farmers of America, Lansing Trade Group, the Livestock Marketing Association, Archer Daniels Midland, and John Deere. Every visit provided extensive insights into the company and career opportunities. We were able to connect with professionals in each company and increase our networks. Additionally, we were able to work on our soft skills and interact with peers in the same field of study. Through multiple different elements, the Dickinson Scholars Program provided an excellent opportunity to develop myself both professionally and personally. A hidden gem of the trip was the ability to spend time in the evenings talking with other students and forging deeper relationships to take back to Mizzou. The Dickinson Scholars Program is an invaluable opportunity for students interested in increasing their network, developing themselves professionally, and creating lifelong friendships in the process. —Maria Kuhns

The Dickinson Scholars was a great opportunity to network and see the business in Kansas City. Growing up in a small town I never got to experience big company life and getting a taste of it was very cool and informational for me. We got to meet one of the VPs of the company. That’s not something you are going to get at a career fair. I also like to meet new people my age as much as I can and it’s even better when they have the same interests as me. I am very thankful for this program and have benefited from it and have gained a lot of knowledge. —Brock Winslow