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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.

Darling International Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture or agribusiness. Attendance at a land grant college in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska or Wisconsin required.AWARD: One scholarship at $2,000, non-renewable.

DogVacay Scholarship

DogVacay started as an answer to an unmet need. Back in 2012, our CEO Aaron Hirschhorn and his wife began offering pet sitting in their own home—after a stressful and expensive kennel stay for their dog, Rocky. Customer interest and bookings grew, and they quickly realized the potential for DogVacay. Many successful startups have begun in a similar way: By providing a unique solution to an existing problem. With this contest, we want you to harness that kind of entrepreneurial spirit. The winner will receive a $3,500 scholarship and a one-on-one session with our CEO. (So get your questions ready.)

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.

Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eastern Oregon Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture excluding agricultural education, hospitality or other non-ag related majors. Resident of Baker, Malhuer, Union or Wallowa counties in Oregon required. Student must have participated in community service and have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

NDS / DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarship

(1st - $1,500; 2nd through 5th - $1,000) (Number of awards is dependent on number and quality of applicants). These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue careers in marketing of milk or dairy products. Major areas can include: Dairy or Agricultural Marketing, Dairy Product Development, Dairy Quality Control or Testing, Dairy Foods or Nutrition, and Food Product Science. Scholarships are based on leadership, experience, academic ability and interests in Milk Marketing or Dairy Products. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc. Application Deadline is April 15

Dr. Robert White Leadership Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors Major: Food Marketing and Agribusiness Management Minimum GPA: 2.5 Unit load required: At least half-time (undergraduate 6 units, graduate 4 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: 500 word essay signed by department chairman; 2 letters of recommendation, one from faculty/ advisor

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.

The James C. Borel FFA Leaders Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. History of academic excellence and public service required. Minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Applicant must have served as chapter, state or national FFA officer. Preference given to student who has exhibited exemplary leadership skills in their home, school and community.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,000. Not guaranteed

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

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agribusiness, economics, finance or accounting. Must be resident of Kentucky or Ohio. (Indiana and Tennessee residents may apply for the FFA-Farm Credit scholarship through their state office.)AWARD: Two scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

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