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Agribusiness Scholarships

The college major of agribusiness is also referred to as agricultural business. In this major you study the art and science of farm food production. In the paragraphs that follow, we will begin to explore this major as preparation for your research into the world of agribusiness scholarships.

In this field of study you learn all about the best practices involved with the production and marketing of food and other agricultural products. What surprises many agribusiness majors is the large amount of math they need to master as part of the degree program. You'll study statistics along with managerial accounting, agricultural finance and micro and macroeconomics. Other courses you may encounter include environmental law, international trade, farming technologies and information systems.

Some agricultural colleges offer concentrations within the major. Examples of these can include agricultural marketing, animal production or international agriculture. It is also common for agribusiness programs to offer internships. You should take advantage of whatever internship opportunities present themselves. This will give you a chance to gain valuable work experience and establish professional contacts all while receiving course credit. 

The employment prospects for agribusiness majors are relatively strong despite the continued consolidation of farming as an industry. Agricultural or farm managers are still in demand. Also, there is continual need for those with specialized training. These include graduates with experience in accounting, credit analysis, marketing and international trade. 

Continue reading, follow the links below and begin exploring the world of agribusiness scholarships.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in selected agricultural majors. Applicants must live on family farm, exhibit financial need and strong leadership skills and have participated in community service.AWARD: Five scholarships at $2,500 each, non-renewable.

NDS / Klussendorf / MCKown Scholarships

Six scholarships will be awarded to students successfully completing their first, second or third years at a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Canada majoring in dairy science, animal science, agri-business, or other related majors that will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the dairy industry. Scholarships are based on activities, experience and future plans. These awards are made possible by donations from Chris Kampf, the McKown family and from Klussendorf members and friends.

NPFDA Scholarship Program

The NATIONAL POULTRY & FOOD DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION is pleased to award scholarships to various students of agricultural colleges and universities across the US.Each student selected will receive a $1,500.00 -$2000.00 scholarship from NPFDA.To qualify, each applicant must:ü Be a college junior or senior the upcoming (award) year at a U.S. institutionü Be enrolled as a full time studentü Be pursuing a Poultry or related Agricultural, Ag Business degree – Agricultural Business, Poultry Science, Food science, Animal Science,Pre Vet, Food Marketing, Ag. Econ., etc.(Unrelated degrees such as English or Nursing will not be considered).ü Provide his or her current official transcript - sealedü Provide a letter of recommendation from his or her Dean, Department Head and/or advisorü Complete the applicationü Provide a one-page letter describing his or her goals and aspirations

Cooperative Resources International Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal or dairy science, agricultural communications, journalism, public relations, sales and marketing, international agriculture, animal breeding and genetics or pre-vet/veterinary sciences.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Agribusiness Division - Wilbur-Ellis Company Scholarships

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal/dairy science, agricultural business management, international agriculture or agricultural sales and marketing. Must live on family farm, have strong leadership skills and have participated in community service. Must plan to attend school at Oregon State, Chico State, Colorado State, University of Idaho, Fresno State or California Polytechnic. AWARD: Five scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Casey’s General Stores Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/food service/landscape/nursery/ranch or wildlife management, communications, economics, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, power & equipment, conservation, plant or soil science, entomology, agricultural computer systems, agricultural public service or general agriculture with a career path in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin required. Must exhibit strong leadership skills.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Charles P. Lake - Rain for Rent Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: One scholarship to applicants pursuing a four-year degree in general agriculture, agricultural business management, agricultural engineering, agriculture power and equipment or soil or water conservation with preference to those specializing in irrigation and soil technology. Must be a resident of Arizona, California or Idaho. One scholarship to applicants pursuing a four-year degree in environmental engineering. Must be a resident of Illinois, Louisiana or Texas. All applicants must have completed freshman year and have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Applicants will be considered on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, then financial need. Recipients must be willing to provide a picture for publicity purposes and tour a Rain for Rent facility.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

BNSF Railway Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited four-year college in the following areas of agriculture: business management, economics, sales and marketing or finance. One scholarship will be awarded to members from the following states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $5,000 each, renewable at $1,250 per year for four years, provided a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and full-time student status in approved major are maintained.

The William J. Collins Scholarship

St. Paul- based AgriBank, one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, awards The William J. Collins Scholarship each year to honor the service of a dedicated former employee. This scholarship is awarded to children of Farm Credit employees in the AgriBank District (Board of Directors Excluded) who are graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related program. Each year, two $2,000 academic tuition/fees scholarships are awarded. The scholarships also provide sponsorship for AFA Leaders Conference the Fall of the freshman year of college, a $1,000 value. To be considered for this award, applicants must provide three letters of reference, under same or separate cover, that recognize the applicant’s personal, academic or leadership character. Letters should be received by the application deadline, and can be mailed to AFA at: Agriculture Future of America, ATTN: William J. Collins Scholarship, P.O. Box 414838, Kansas City, MO 64141

NDS Junior Merit Scholarship

(1st - $1,500; 2nd through 4th - $1,000) (Number of awards is dependent on number and quality of applicants). These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate junior students to pursue careers in the dairy industry. Major areas can include: Dairy Science, Agricultural Economics or Accounting, Dairy Genetics, Dairy Equipment, Dairy Nutrition, Dairy Feed or Pharmaceutical Marketing or Sales, Dairy Consultant, Dairy Extension or Dairy Researcher or Professor. Scholarships are based on leadership, activities, academic ability and interest in the dairy industry. Application Deadline is April 15

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