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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.

Farm Credit Mid-America Scholarship Program

Farm Credit Mid-America offers several $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships to customers and children or grandchildren of customers. Any career major is eligible to apply, however preference will be given to students pursuing agricultural related careers. Guidelines and Eligibility Scholarships are awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. Additionally, applicants must: • Be a customer (or child, grandchild or spouse) of Farm Credit Mid-America. The Mid-America Association serves Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. • Be an incoming college freshmen sophomore, junior or senior in good standing • Attend a higher education institution within the next year (2-year and 4-year universities) • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 • Have an agriculture background or work-related experience in agriculture Employees/directors of Farm Credit Mid-America and their children are not eligible to apply.

Dennis Feary Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established to provide scholarships to students enrolled in or entering college. Scholarships are awarded exclusively to students in pursuit of a two or four year college degree in agriculture studies.Eligibility:Scholarships are available to employees and immediate family members of Agri Labs and its member/distributor network. A GPA of 2.5 and above must be maintained with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. This is an annual/non-renewable scholarship.Amount:$2,000 - Disbursed in the amount of $1,000 each semester.

Edie Schmidt NMA Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS1. Only sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing an approved program in Animal Science, Meat Science, Food Science or related discipline at an accredited educational institution are eligible.2. Applicants must be attending 4-year colleges or universities with either Animal, Meat or Food Science departments.3. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) (A = 4.00) to apply.4. Applicants must have the recommendation of both the department head and a faculty member familiar with their work.5. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an approved program at the time the scholarship becomes effective.Freshmen who apply must be sophomores at the time the scholarship becomes effective.6. Applicants who receive an award must remain enrolled in the approved major and university during the term of their scholarship. Awardees who withdraw from school or transfer to another major during the term of their scholarship must return the unused balance of the award to the NMA Scholarship Foundation.7. Senior Students must enroll as undergraduates for two consecutive semesters (or equivalent ) beyond theeffective date of the scholarship.8. It is the policy of the NMA Scholarship Foundation to bar recipients in any one year from being eligible for two consecutive years.Financial need, age, gender, or national origin are not conditions of eligibility for any of the awards.

NDS / Dairy Management Inc.

(1st - $1,500; 2nd through 7th - $1,000)(Number of awards is dependent on number and quality of applicants).These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue careers in marketing of milk or dairy products. Major areas can include: Dairy Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Education, General Education and Food and Nutrition. Awards are based on experience ability and interests in dairy/product marketing. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc

Senator James Brulte Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Freshmen or Sophomores Major: Any major within Agriculture Minimum GPA: None Unit load required: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: Preference to students in honors program Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: 500 word written essay

Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eastern Oregon Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture excluding agricultural education, hospitality or other non-ag related majors. Resident of Baker, Malhuer, Union or Wallowa counties in Oregon required. Student must have participated in community service and have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.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.

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.

Harold Davis Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in animal science (livestock or dairy), agricultural education or agribusiness. Applicants must have a livestock background in swine, beef, dairy or any combination and complete the financial analysis section of the application.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $400. Not guaranteed.

Department of Agriculture Endowed Scholarship

Recipients of the scholarship must be majors in the Department of Agriculture. Recommendation and selection for the scholarship will be made by the Department of Agriculture Scholarship Committee.

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