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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.

The Earl F. 'Doc' Kantner Scholarship Sponsored by Ohio FFA Foundation

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Must be resident of Ohio and plan to attend The Ohio State University. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale required. Must exhibit strong leadership skills and have participated in community service.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture, excluding aviation, hospitality and non-agriculture. Scholarship available to males who will be attending a university with an Alpha Gamma Rho chapter. Must exhibit strong leadership skills. Visit www.agrs.org for a list of universities with Alpha Gamma Rho chapters.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

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.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, business management, economics, finance, sales, marketing, plant pathology/breeding/genetics, soil science or soil/water conservation. One scholarship will be awarded to resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Two scholarships each will be awarded to residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 17 scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable

Rabo AgriFinance Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, communications, education, management, sales, science and technology. Preference given to applicants whose families are Rabo AgriFinance customers. Applicant must live on family farm with interest in farm management and exhibit strong leadership skills. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be in the top 50 percent of his or her class.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable

Elmer J. and Hester Jane Johnson Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education. Applicants must complete financial analysis section of application. Financial need, leadership ability and academic standing will be considered.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,000. Not guaranteed.

HSF/Hormel Scholarship

Program Description:The HSF/Hormel Scholarship Program is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded for applicants interested in a career in the food industry.In addition, interested students can apply to be considered for a paid internship. Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic heritage * Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) * Have a permanent address in one of the following Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Be a Junior with an intended graduation date between December and August * Be majoring in Accounting, Mechanical Engineering (includes Mechanical Technology), Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering/Technology (includes Industrial Management) Manufacturing Engineering, Business Administration (includes Operations), Management, Agriculture Science/Agronomy (includes Agriculture Engineering, Agribusiness, Ag Economics, Food Service), Computer Science, Information Technology (IT/MIS) (includes Computer Information Systems), Zoology (includes Animal Science), Marketing (includes Professional Selling), Hospitality Administration (includes Hotel/Restaurant Management) or related majors * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Stanley H. Durwood Foundation AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, named after the late Founder of AMC Theaters and active philanthropist, provides five AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students identified and selected by AFA. The Trustees of the Foundation believe in continuing to provide access to education and are assisting in this effort by providing these five scholarships to deserving AFA delegates. These scholarships are only available for graduating high school seniors. Eligibility Requirements All scholarships include leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference (November of scholarship year in Kansas City, Mo.), of which full attendance is required to receive the full academic scholarship. (Dates of AFA Leaders Conference - see website) Academic scholarship may be used for tuition and fees only. This may include books if paid for through a university charge account. Students must be enrolling in an agriculture-related, four-year degree program. Students must be a citizen of the United States of America to be eligible for AFA scholarship awards. International students studying in the United States are not eligible Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Donald N. McDowell Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Resident of Wisconsin required.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $400. Not guaranteed.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business management, economics, finance or international agriculture. Consideration will be given first to Blain’s Farm & Fleet employees. Financial need will be given secondary consideration. Must be a resident of one of the following cities: Belvidere, Bloomington, Bourbonnais, Decatur, Freeport, Geneseo,Loves Park, Moline, Montgomery, Morton, Ottawa, Rockford, Sterling, Sycamore, Urbana or Woodstock in Illinois; or Cedar Falls, Clinton, Davenport or Muscatine in Iowa.AWARD: Two scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

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