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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.

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

Bernie Staller Endowment Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education with career plans to teach agriculture education at the secondary level. Must complete financial analysis section of application and demonstrate financial need.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $2,500. Not guaranteed.

National Potato Council Scholarship Program

Each year, NPC awards a $10,000 academic scholarship to one graduate-level student conducting research for the benefit of the potato industry. The winner is selected based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit to the U.S. potato industry/commercial value, extracurricular activities, and grades.

AG Engineering Scholarships

Eligibility criteria: Open to: Both entering and continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students Major: HPSS Majors Minimum GPA: None Unit load required: None Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No

Marshall McCullough/National Dairy Shrine Schp

Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Dr. Richard Peterson Scholarship Fund

Dr. Peterson is currently vice president of the Monterey Wine Auction, which develops funds to support outstanding, and often needy, students in the wine, food and hospitality industries. He has been Chairman of the Andre Tchelistcheff Scholarship Committee since its origin at Monterey in 1986. This committee has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarship funds to college students over the past twenty-plus years – all generated from the Monterey Wine Auction events and personal donations. This scholarship is targeted towards students with a passion for viticulture and enology. Dr. Peterson hopes to inspire future generations. Scholarship recipients must be studying Viticulture and Enology and are selected by the American Vineyard Foundation. Students are solicited and chosen by American Vineyard Foundation. Students must be doing research on grapevine diseases affecting the industry to be considered. Award amount: Varies Who Can Apply: Applications and selections are handled by Scott Deitrick at the American Vineyard Foundation. Scholarship recipients must be studying Viticulture and Enology and are selected by the American Vineyard Foundation. Students are solicited and chosen by American Vineyard Foundation. Students must be doing research on grapevine diseases affecting the industry to be considered.

Monroe Scheflo Memorial Scholarship

Each year the U.S. Durum Growers Association shall recommend a recipient for the award. The first priority for the award shall be for North Dakota Agriculture Foundation Fellowship Program participants attending the Bottineau Branch of the North Dakota State University.

Whimsical Farms/EGO Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: * Elk Grove High * Laguna Creek High * Sheldon High * Monterey Trail High * Franklin High * Pleasant Grove High * Senior attending school within the Elk Grove City Limits and a resident of Elk GroveMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 2.5Financial Need: Preference GivenPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityVocational College, Community CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying: Pursuing career in Legal or Agriculture fieldAttendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:Minority (ethnic) student preferred with the ability to overcome adversity and set goals. His/her post-secondary program should lead to a 2-year and/or 4-year degree or certification in the areas of horse husbandry, ranch management, or agriculture. Finalists may be interviewed by a representative of this scholarship's sponsor. (May accept applications who are not minorities if no minority student applies)Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2

CATC Clara Miner-Fuller Scholarship

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:8. CATC graduate or graduating seniors who are pursuing studies in the technical field with preference given to Agriscience, and Natural Resources or related programs. Applicants must provide academic performance, financial need and citizenship. How to Apply: CATC guidance office for applicaton.

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.

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