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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

Culver Young Farmers Agriculture Scholarship

Scholarship to a senior from Culver who will be studying Agriculture.

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.

Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Alabama, Florida or Georgia required. Applicant or applicant’s family must be peanut producers.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in selected agricultural majors. Applicants must live on family farm, exhibit financial need and strong leadership skills and have participated in community service.AWARD: Five scholarships at $2,500 each, non-renewable.

NDS / DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarship

(1st - $1,500; 2nd through 5th - $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 or Agricultural Marketing, Dairy Product Development, Dairy Quality Control or Testing, Dairy Foods or Nutrition, and Food Product Science. Scholarships are based on leadership, experience, academic ability and interests in Milk Marketing or Dairy Products. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc. Application Deadline is April 15

Brandt Consolidated Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Must be a resident of Illinois and plan to attend the University of Illinois. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Applicant must have participated in community service.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,250, non-renewable.

NPFDA Scholarship Program

The NATIONAL POULTRY & FOOD DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION is pleased to award scholarships to various students of agricultural colleges and universities across the US.Each student selected will receive a $1,500.00 -$2000.00 scholarship from NPFDA.To qualify, each applicant must:ü Be a college junior or senior the upcoming (award) year at a U.S. institutionü Be enrolled as a full time studentü Be pursuing a Poultry or related Agricultural, Ag Business degree – Agricultural Business, Poultry Science, Food science, Animal Science,Pre Vet, Food Marketing, Ag. Econ., etc.(Unrelated degrees such as English or Nursing will not be considered).ü Provide his or her current official transcript - sealedü Provide a letter of recommendation from his or her Dean, Department Head and/or advisorü Complete the applicationü Provide a one-page letter describing his or her goals and aspirations

Casey’s General Stores Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/food service/landscape/nursery/ranch or wildlife management, communications, economics, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, power & equipment, conservation, plant or soil science, entomology, agricultural computer systems, agricultural public service or general agriculture with a career path in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin required. Must exhibit strong leadership skills.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

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.

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