Aaron Gauff, of Zachary, was one of 15 college students to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the FCA Foundation and the National Black Farmers Association.

The FCA Foundation is the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobile U.S.

Gauff’s scholarship was given as part of the groups’ efforts to support the development of a new generation of black farmers, a news release said.

Established in May 2015, the National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program funded by the FCA Foundation awarded 19 scholarships to college students pursuing agriculture-related studies.

The FCA Foundation announced it would fund up to $100,000 for a second year of the NBFA Scholarship program, as well.

Gauff is majoring in accounting at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Scholarship recipients were selected based upon several criteria, including academic performance, leadership and participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives, the release said.

“The plight of the black farmer and the loss of black-owned farms have been a major issue for well over a 100 years,” said John Boyd Jr., president of the NBFA.

“In 1910, nearly 1 million black farm families owned over 15 million acres of land. Today, less than 45,000 own 3 million acres. The NBFA Scholarship program will begin to address black land loss.”

Information about how to apply for the 2016 scholarship program will be available in early May by visiting scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation/.