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Agriculture Science Scholarships

When Thomas Jefferson imagined what this country would look like in the future, he envisaged a collection of small farmers, each with enough land for personal subsistence and personal liberty. It didn't quite end up that way but one can see why this ideal was so appealing to the great American.

As an academic field, agriculture science covers several distinct disciplines. Be certain to choose your degree program carefully so that your educational and vocational goals match the pedagogical outcomes of your institution. Continue reading below to find out more about this major and also about the world of agriculture science scholarships.

There are several academic fields with which you can study a scientific component of agriculture. Agronomy is the study of soil management and crop production. In an agronomy degree program you'll enroll in courses such as seed science and technology, entomology, pest management, plant breeding, genetics and sustainable agriculture. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the career outlook for agronomists is expected to be strong over the coming decade. This growth will be fueled by our global need for sustainable sources of food and other raw materials as our population continues to grow.

Soil science is where you study the ecosystem that is dirt. This is most often a degree program available at the graduate level. In this type of program you'll choose a concentration such as forest soils, plant stress, soil fertility or weed science. A number of programs feature a dual-degree approach where you'll receive both a master's and doctorate degree.

Job growth for soil scientists is expected to be about average (10%) between now and 2020 with most of the growth coming from private industry. Career prospects should be brightest for those with advanced degrees and for those with knowledge and experience in fields such as genomic and agricultural sustainability.

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Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships

Each year, ACWA awards two $3,000 scholarships to deserving students in a water-resources related field of study. Eligible students must be California residents attending a four-year, publicly funded college or university in California full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded. Applications must be postmarked no later than APRIL 1 of each year, or the following business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday. Scholarship Eligibility Applicants must be: • A California resident • A full-time junior or senior in the year the scholarship will be applied • Attending an accredited, publicly funded college or university in California • Studying a water-resources related field or discipline • Planning to attend school for the complete academic year Selection Criteria Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management. Financial need is also considered.

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.

Estelle Siebens Excellence Scholarship

* One scholarship awarded annually worth up to US$10,000 per annum * For study in the US and Canada at the undergraduate and graduate levels * Approved fields of study are agriculture, architecture, economics, education, engineering, marine construction, marine design and manufacturing systems Giving primarily in the Bahamas.

B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Scholarships are available for physically disabled or handicapped members. In addition to the individual scholarships, the B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Fund will make available a $200 cash award and plaque to the FFA chapter doing an excellent job of serving rural handicapped people in their community.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $5,000. Not guaranteed.

Thomas H. Lutsey Rural Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant's career choice needs to be one that enhances rural communities such as dairy science, animal science, agricultural engineering, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, businessRequirements:# Transcripts# ReferencesOther Requirements: • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA • Financial need is considered • Must be a graduating senior from North East WisconsinRenewable: YesRenewal Criteria: 3.0+ GPA & approval of committee

Earl K. Nau Ozark Empire Fair Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: One $1,000 scholarship Application Details: Contact Ozark Empire Fair, Livestock Director Residency Requirements: None School Requirements: Any accredited college, university or vocational/technical school Eligibility Requirements: 1. Must be of at least 15 years of age 2. Must have exhibited breeding beef cattle at the Ozark Empire Fair for at least two years 3. Participation in other livestock activities or awards received at the Ozark Empire Fair 4. Volunteer service at the Ozark Empire Fair 5. Short essay and letter of recommendation required 6. Achievements in agriculture 7. School activities

Kyutaro & Yasuo Abiko Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate school level in the upcoming fall. Preference for this award will be given to student with an interest in journalism or agriculture.

ASEV Scholarship Program

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture annually awards numerous scholarships to students pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry. The awards are not in predetermined amounts and may vary from year to year. All scholarship recommendations made by the Scholarship Committee are subject to final approval by the Board of Directors. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, gender, or physical/mental disabilities. The Society has no affiliation with the University of California or other institutions that may also offer scholarship programs. Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply each year in open competition with new applicants. The ASEV reserves the right not to award scholarships at all in any given year. Eligibility: All of the following requirements must be met: 1. Undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled in or accepted into a full-time accredited four year college or university program. They must reside in North America (Canada, Mexico or USA). Applicants should be a minimum of junior status for the upcoming academic year (45 semester units/60 quarter units). 2. Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Graduate students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2. These averages must be based on a scale maximum of 4.0. 3. Applicants must be enrolled in a major, or in a graduate group, emphasizing enology or viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry. 4. Completed application packets must be received by March 1.

Staugler-Cooper Scholarship

For high school seniors who are going on for further education. For students who plan to major in Agriculture.Students are urged to visit their high school counselor to find out about this opportunity.School: Ft. Recovery High School

Howard Wackman Memorial Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: * Elk Grove High * Sheldon High * Florin High * Franklin High * Pleasant Grove HighMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.0Financial Need: NoPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityVocational College, Community CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying:1. Pursuing career in agriculture field2. Applicants need to be involved in FFA or 4-H activities.Attendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:On a separate paper please identify: 1. Career Goal. 2. Activities that show an interest in agriculture. 3. Describe any special skills, abilities, or hobbies.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required2 - One from an individual who knows your agriculture experience

Dierker Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Major: Agriculture Minimum GPA: 2.0 Unit load required: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: Yes Other criteria: Submit personal statement and two letters of recommendation with application

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