Agricultural Endowment

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Established in 1937, the ISU Agricultural Endowment is a major contributor for student education and success in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Our vision is to be a magnet for attracting resources and creating opportunities that assist the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences achieve its goals.

Mission Statement

Male student holding out his hands as he is explaining his research poster to an older gentleman. Other research posters can be seen displayed on easels in the background of the room.
A student explains his research project to Agricultural Endowment Board of Trustees member Dennis Carney during the Science with Practice poster session in the rotunda of Curtiss Hall.

To help the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences enhance its capacity to meet the needs of students and selected programs to benefit Iowa, the nation and the world. 

  • Provide resources for selected scholarships
  • Provide support for selected educational programs and initiatives, including Science with Practice 
  • Encourage and accept gifts that grow the endowment.

The Agricultural Endowment, a private, nonprofit corporation, is led by a 15 member Board of Trustees, including eight members involved in agricultural production and agribusiness and seven university faculty and administrators, including the University President and the Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

We encourage you to learn more! Read our history, learn about our Board of Trustees, and check out the Science With Practice program, established by the Ag Endowment in 1983.

For questions, contact Carmen Bain at (515) 294-9895 or

Click here to see photos from the latest Science with Practice poster session.