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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.

Kyutaro & Yasuo Abiko Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is required to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family 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.

South Dakota Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship

Applicants must: Be currently enrolled in a South Dakota educational institution. Have completed at least one year of study in an accredited university, college (including tribal colleges), or technical school in South Dakota. For example, if the student graduates from high school in May of 2013 and enrolls in college in the fall of 2013 as a full-time student for the 2013-14 year, the student could apply in the spring of 2015. For students enrolled in a 2-year technical school, the scholarship may be awarded post-graduation, based upon time of scholarship application review and monetary disbursement. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (on a 4.0 point scale). Be an undergraduate enrolled in an agricultural or natural science conservation related major/curriculum. Show reasonable need for financial assistance. Be involved in natural resource conservation activities (including leadership activities). Not have received a prior SD SWCS scholarship. Past applicants have majored in agronomy, soil science, agricultural systems technology, general agriculture, range science, forestry, agricultural journalism, agricultural education, biology, botany, environmental management, horticulture, park management, and wildlife management. Other majors related to conservation also qualify. Selection Criteria Demonstrated commitment to natural resource conservation (30%) Scholarship/academic record (20%) Written student narrative on application (20%) Natural resource conservation leadership activities (10%) Financial need (10%) Quality and completeness of application (10%)

John Carew Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student majoring in horticulture or a related field with a specific interest in bedding or flowering plants. Attendance at an accredited university in either the United States or Canada during the complete next academic year. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Online applications and supporting documents are due by May 1 each year.

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.

Office of Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Citizenship: Participants selected for support under the ONR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be citizens of the United States. Security Clearance: Participants must be eligible for a Department of Defense security clearance of Secret. In most cases, participants will be permitted to do research pending completion of the security clearance. All appointments are contingent upon Fellows obtaining the appropriate level of security clearance. Education and Experience: Before appointment, participants must present evidence of having received the Ph.D., Sc.D., or other earned doctoral degree recognized in U.S. academic circles as equivalent to the Ph.D. within seven years of the date of application, or must present acceptable evidence of having completed all formal academic requirements for one of these degrees. Prior Fellowships: A person who has received a prior postdoctoral fellowship at a navy laboratory under any program may not be eligible to participate in the ONR Postdoctoral Program at the same laboratory. Equal Opportunity: In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations and Navy policies, no person on the grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the U.S. Navy.

TOCA Publisher's Scholarship

The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association will award two $1,000 fall semester scholarships to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in green industry communications. To qualify, students must be majoring or minoring in technical communications or a green industry related field such as horticulture, plant sciences, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, etc. The applicant also must demonstrate an interest in using this course of study in the field of communications.

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.

Sam S. Kuwahara 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 scholarship will be given to a student with an interest in agriculture or related field.

Lindbergh Grant

Lindbergh Grants are awarded to individuals for research or public education projects, not to affiliated organizations for institutional programs. The Foundation welcomes candidates who may or may not be affiliated with an academic, non-profit institution or for-profit organization. The Lindbergh Grants Program is international in scope. Citizens of all countries are eligible. Letters of request, applications and Endorser's Reports and required progress and final reports must be submitted in the English language. The Foundation does not provide support for overhead costs of institutions, tuition or scholarships.

NPFDA Scholarships

To qualify, each applicant must: * be a junior or senior in college the year the scholarship is received * be enrolled as a full time student * be enrolled in an agricultural college or university Selection criteria for the scholarship is also based upon: * consideration of academic excellence * past and current involvement in poultry and food related activities * professional objectives

Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarship may be used at any post secondary institution of higher education in North Dakota granting Associate or higher degrees. Application deadline is April 1 of the year the scholarship is to be awarded. Recipients of the Nesheim Scholarship may apply for renewal upon satisfactory completion of the previous academic year with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Eligibility requirements: 1. Must be a legal resident of North Dakota and a direct descendant (child, grandchild or great-grandchild) of a U.S. veteran who served honorably. Proof of service and lineage are required. 2. Must have maintained a secondary school GPA of 2.75 or higher. 3. Must be pursuing a degree in some phase of Agriculture, Human Nutrition, or Medicine (Medical Dr, PA, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy or Chiropractic. 4. Must be a High School senior or a previous Nesheim Scholarship recipient now attending an institution of higher education.

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