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.

The William J. Collins Scholarship

St. Paul- based AgriBank, one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, awards The William J. Collins Scholarship each year to honor the service of a dedicated former employee. This scholarship is awarded to children of Farm Credit employees in the AgriBank District (Board of Directors Excluded) who are graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related program. Each year, two $2,000 academic tuition/fees scholarships are awarded. The scholarships also provide sponsorship for AFA Leaders Conference the Fall of the freshman year of college, a $1,000 value. To be considered for this award, applicants must provide three letters of reference, under same or separate cover, that recognize the applicant’s personal, academic or leadership character. Letters should be received by the application deadline, and can be mailed to AFA at: Agriculture Future of America, ATTN: William J. Collins Scholarship, P.O. Box 414838, Kansas City, MO 64141

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.

Dietrich Scholarship

For high school seniors who are going on for further education. For students who plan to major in Agriculture or plan to study in vocational school.Students are urged to visit their high school counselor to find out about this opportunity.School: Celina High School/Parkway High School

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a graduate degree in engineering or the sciences (Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace, Agricultural Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Automotive, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Genetics, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Inorganic Chemistry, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Research and Development, Structural Engineering, Systems Engineering). 2. Must have a 2.8 for a masters fellowship or a 3.0 for a doctoral fellowship. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

MFA Foundation Scholarships

MFA Foundation scholarships are offered to high school seniors in communities where MFA agencies (such as MFA Agri Service Centers, MFA Oil Company Bulk Plants and Propane Plants, and other MFA agencies) are located and are willing to contribute $350 to the MFA Foundation as joint sponsors of the scholarship.The amount of the scholarship is $2,000 and is applied toward the student's freshman year of college. It is not renewable.High school seniors can apply for the scholarship by obtaining an application from their high school counselor during the month of February. The scholarship winner is selected by a local committee of three to five persons. The Committee should include a farmer, a businessman, and a high school official. In making its selection, the committee considers:•The applicant's interest in furthering his/her education by engaging in studies relating to agriculture or other fields of study that benefit rural life•The applicant's participation and leadership in school, church, and community activities•The applicant's reputation for good citizenship and good moral character•The applicant's financial need, sources of income, and willingness to work•The applicant's satisfactory academic progressThe winner is announced at either the awards assembly or graduation ceremony, and he/she receives a certificate that acknowledges his/her accomplishments.The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university to pursue any course of study.The amount of the scholarship will be paid directly to the school against tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the educational institution. Recipients must be enrolled in school as a full-time student by September 1 or the funds will be allocated to the runner-up.

Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

The Excellence in Ag Scholarship Program is intended to attract top-notch college students who are committed to lend their talents, education and initiative to improve, maintain, and bolster the agriculture (specifically potato) industry. Candidates should have a passion and willingness to work and attain a career that benefits the WA/OR potato industry and promotes pride in the agriculture industry.

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.

AG Engineering Scholarships

Eligibility criteria: Open to: Both entering and continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students Major: HPSS Majors Minimum GPA: None Unit load required: None Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No

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

AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships

Agriculture Future of America provides support to future leaders in agriculture from across the country through the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship program. Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA’s leader development program and receive an academic scholarship to support their academic education. AFA awards 40-50 National Leader and Academic Scholarships annually. AFA provides 30-35 AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors or current college students , enrolling/enrolled in a agriculture-related, four-year degree program in the United States. These scholarships are supported by AFA Organizational Partners. Eligibility Requirements: All scholarships include leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference (November of scholarship year in Kansas City, Mo.), of which full attendance is required to receive the full academic scholarship. (Dates of AFA Leaders Conference - see website) 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 AFA 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.

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