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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.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

National Beef Ambassador Program

The National Beef Ambassador Program provides scholarships of $1,000.As part of the ambassador program participants must:* Give a presentation about beef nutrition or production* Answer questions asked by the judges after the presentation* Complete an interview with a panel of judgesRecipients of the award will join the National Beef Ambassador Team and will have the opportunity to speak at designated engagements.For more information about this opportunity please visit:http://www.nationalbeefambassador.org

Arkansas Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship awards for higher education. Application form required. Deadline(s): June 1 Please contact the foundation for more information. Application address: c/o Scholarship Form Attn.: Tim King P.O. Box 31 Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Tel.: (501) 228-1246 Limited to residents of Arkansas.

NDS Sophomore 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 sophomore 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 interests in the dairy industry. Application Deadline is April 15

Anderson Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Must be a resident of and plan to attend school in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan or Ohio. Applicant must have participated in community service.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,250 each, non-renewable.

Paul Lefeld 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: Tri-Star schools

Bill Kirk Scholarship Endowment

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education or agricultural sciences. Preference given to applicants with local, state or national leadership experience. Minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,000. Not guaranteed.

Alumni Agriculture Scholarship Fund

Eligibility criteria: Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Entering Freshmen and Entering Transfer Major: Agriculture Minimum GPA: None Unit load required: At least half-time (undergraduate 6 units, graduate 4 units) Required activities or participation: Extracurricular and leadership activities and/or work experience Other criteria: Written essay; two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or administration; transcripts SAT and ACT scores are considered.

Brett Blackert Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor: The Blackert FamilyAmount: One - $1,000.00Use: Two-four year college/universityCriteria: Student must be planning a career in Agri-Science examples include veterinarian medicine, vet assistant, animal services (grooming, daycare, training). Must also be able to provide documented volunteer hours in this field. The student must also provide a picture, additional essay recommendation of an educator and recommendation of professional in the field of Agri-Science. This information must be emailed to Mblacke1@tampabay.rr.com.Special Requirements: 1. 500 word, single spaced point 12 point Time New Roman font, essay, explain why your love for animals has driven your career choice down this path2. Recommendation of an educator3. Recommendation of professional in the field of Agri-Science4. The applicants must email to Pam Houle at houlep@pcsb.org the additional information

NAPA AUTO PARTS Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Preference will be given to applicants with interest in agricultural parts/aftermarket.AWARD: 18 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

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