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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.

Bill and Deniece Roth Family Scholarship

Preference to students majoring in Agriculture with an emphasis in Soil Science or Conservation. Applicants should have an average GPA between 2.5 and 3.5.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Majors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the STEM Majors Application

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.

San Joaquin Stanislaus Cattleman

Eligibility: • Part-time or full-time enrollment• Agricultural Studies major with a career goal in agriculture• Preference given to Ag Studies students with interest/background in beef industry GPA: 3.00

CME Beef Industry Scholarship

Conditions of Eligibility Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year institution for the school year. Graduating high school seniors who have not been accepted to a two or four-year institution must list the school in which the student plans to attend, or has applied to, on the Cover Page. Multiple schools may be listed. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences. Previous scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years. Judging Process The National Cattlemen’s Foundation will administer the program and choose a panel of judges to read the essays and select the winners. Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, grammar, clarity of expression, accuracy, relevance of topic and the solutions offered. Judges decisions are final. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation reserve the right to publish all or any or parts of the essays submitted. The following percentages of the total score will be used to evaluate application: Essay – 70% Letter of intent – 20% References – 10% Application Deadline: Check back for the 2016 application date and application (usually in the fall) Please check website for application requirements.

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.

Mahindra USA Women in Ag Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agriculture, excluding food service, packaging, biosciences and/or technology, engineering, marine biology, natural resource management, parks and recreation studies, public service or dietetics. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale required. Must be female, exhibit strong leadership skills and financial need and have participated in community service.AWARD: Four scholarships at $2,500 each, non-renewable.

Kansas Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior (with at least 22 hours of course work remaining) majoring in Agriculture or related fields.

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.

UNCF/Cargill Scholarship-Internship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in a UNCF member institution, or one of the schools specified by the sponsor. 2. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 3. Must demonstrate financial need. 4. Must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior. 5. Must be majoring in chemical or mechanical engineering, MIS, computer science, accounting, finance, chemistry, biochemistry, food science, microscience, agriculture, or animal science. Contact Information: Student interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.cargill.com/files/uncf_application.pdf for more information and an application form.

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