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.

Dan Hollinger 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: Marion Local High School

Earl R. Sorensen Memorial Scholarships

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture, excluding food service, parks and recreation studies and dietetics. Applicant must have participated in community service and be a resident of Iowa or Michigan.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

DuPont/Delaware FFA Endowment Scholarship

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

Farm Plus Financial Scholarship

Farm Plus Financial is now accepting applications for Agricultural Scholarship. The goal of this scholarship is to support young leaders who will go on to be the future of the agriculture and food industry. By providing a financial scholarship to these students, we hope to help educate the future generation. The Farm Plus Financial scholarship award recipients will receive a one time $1000 scholarship that can be used towards their education. To submit your application, you must be either a graduating high school senior or a current undergraduate student enrolled in an agriculture-related degree program. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Agriculture Scholarship Details Scholarships are available to students across the nation. The same application will be used for all scholarships offered by Farm Plus Financial. Farm Plus Financial scholarships are for undergraduate tuition only unless approved written consent is provided otherwise. Recipients may not be awarded more than one Farm Plus Financial scholarship per academic year. Agriculture Scholarship Eligibility Requirements Academic scholarship may be used for tuition and fees only. This may include books if paid for through a university charge account. Students must be enrolled in, or enrolling in, an agriculture-related, four-year degree program. Students must be a citizen of the United States of America to be eligible for Farm Plus Financial scholarship awards. International students studying in the United States are not eligible. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships

At Dairy Farmers of America, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of leaders to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry. That is why we established the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college, but have not yet started classes Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, but have not yet graduated Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program Scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field: Dairy herd management/production Large animal veterinary medicine Marketing/economics/finance Processing/manufacturing Communications/journalism Quality assurance Dairy nutrition Dairy foods Education Engineering Policy Genetics Law Others Criteria Must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited degree program during the next scholarship year Applicant’s commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry, as demonstrated through responses to three essay questions Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience Academic achievement

Marie, Malcolm, and Harvey Bren Scholarship Fund

For students who attend the College of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota- St. Paul campus. Limited to residents of Minnesota.


Scholarship Amount: This scholarship includes tuition, fees, room & board, and all required books for the four years. In addition, the student will be given a laptop computer and printer at the start of their freshman year. Number Awarded: One per year Applicants must major in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Biology (as it applies to horticulture/agriculture sciences), Forestry, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns, City Planning and/or other allied subjects. (Approval must be granted by Colorado Garden Foundation for any major other than those specifically listed above.) Only Colorado residents can apply. The scholarship award will be for a maximum of four years. Must be an incoming freshman at a Colorado public college or university. This scholarship offered by Colorado Garden Foundation is a four-year scholarship available to an incoming freshman at a Colorado public college or university.

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.

High Plains Farm Credit Scholarship

Applicant must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference given to students from western Kansas with a farm background. Two scholarships will be awarded. One for students enrolled in the Department of Agriculture and one for students majoring in Accounting, Finance, Management or Marketing.

UnitedAg Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP Requirements 1. Applicants must be affiliated with UnitedAg, either as a child/grandchild of a member or an employee of a member. If you are UABT affiliated, you must be a participant of the UnitedAg Health Plan. 2. Must be presently enrolled anytime during the current scholastic year at an accredited college or university. 3. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to be eligible for a scholarship (school transcripts are required). 4. Three letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, one from an employer and one from a volunteer organization (If you do not work or volunteer, substitute 2 teacher letters). 5. A two-page essay is required: typewritten and double-spaced with a one-page bibliography. The topic for the essay can be found in the “Scholarship Checklist” section. 6. A one-page typed resume of all work, educational, community and extra curricular activities. 7. Complete Application Checklist and include all documentation with your submission postmarked to UnitedAg. Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will not be considered. 8. A current photo of yourself, 4x6 or larger in print or digital format (JPEG).

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