Busey-McMicken Agricultural Scholarship

The Busey-McMicken Scholarship was established in honor of two great friends, George W. Busey and Kenneth B. McMicken. Both men were, at different times, vice presidents and general managers of Goodyear Farms in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Kenneth B. McMicken joined the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Organization in 1917, which grew cotton for tire production at Goodyear Farms. McMicken built the 16,800 acre operation into a world-recognized irrigation unit. He was an authority on cotton growing, cattle-feeding, soil conservation and pest control methods and he observed farming methods in far-away Peru and Egypt. He retired in 1958. George W. Busey graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. In addition to serving in World War II, he served on numerous boards and managed the Arizona Crop Improvement Association in Tucson. At Goodyear Farms, Busey was ranch foreman, then ranch superintendent, eventually becoming the Vice President and General Manager. While he wore many hats, he was first and foremost a farmer. The scholarship named in honor of these men recognizes the importance of agriculture in their lives and to future generations of Arizona students.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • High school seniors graduating from Agua Fria Union High School and Tolleson Union High School districts.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Admitted to a four year university with intent to major in Agriculture.

Award Details:

  • The $700 Busey-McMicken Agricultural Scholarship award may be used for tuition, books or living expenses.
  • This is a one-time award sent to the university before the start of the fall semester.