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Animal Science Scholarships

The academic field of animal sciences involves the scientific study of the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals. Also part of this field of study is the production and distribution of agricultural animal products. If you like working with animals and have a mind for business, this could be your career calling. Continue reading to find out more about this major and the world of animal science scholarships.

An animal science bachelor's degree is often the program of choice for those that plan on continuing their studies in pursuit of becoming a veterinarian and also for those that plan on owning their own farm. Here you work directly with goats, pigs, sheep, cows and bulls as you learn about breeding, nutrition, reproduction, feeding and management. 

These programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most programs feature a combination of instruction methods, involving both theoretical lecture-based courses along with practical hands-on training. Courses you might encounter in this type of program include livestock genetics, animal biotechnology, physiology of lactation, meat science, beef cattle production and reproductive management. Along with your core courses you'll also take liberal arts and humanities electives such as English, public speaking and social science courses.

Farm internships are a requirement in nearly all programs. These are usually designed so that the student spends a semester or more working on a farm or in some other agricultural animal setting. Many programs also feature a study-abroad option, where you can spend a semester working on a farm in an exotic location such as Costa Rica, Thailand or France.

The employment outlook for careers related to this major is mixed. Veterinarians are expected to see a 36% increase in jobs over the coming decade. The much faster than average job growth will be fueled by the nation's growing pet population. This increase, then, will probably not be felt as strongly in the agricultural sector of vet practitioners. Agricultural farmers are expected to see a decrease in jobs between now and 2020. This will result because of farm consolidation as well as increased efficiency.

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of animal science scholarships. 

Huyck Research Grants

Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. Huyck Research Grants help fund research projects in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer. As part of the Huyck Preserve's continued efforts to share scientific research with the broader community and the members that have supported research endeavors at the Preserve, Huyck Research Grant recipients are required to participate in scientific outreach while they are in residence through presentations at our Annual Science Symposium, Thursday Night Lecture Series, our bi-annual newsletter, through guided public hikes, and/or as a guest lecturer for our educational programs. Grant applications are typically due the 2nd Friday in March each year.

Mack Kennington Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores and Juniors Major: Animal and Vet Sciences Minimum GPA: None Unit load required: Full-Time (undergraduates 12 units, graduates 8 units) Required activities or participation: Participation in University, College, Department and student activities Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: Must have completed a minimum of 2 quarters at Cal Poly Pomona; interested in care, management, and promotion of livestock, poultry, and companion or exotic animals/birds; students interested in post-harvest technology and/ or associated business aspects are encouraged to apply

Accelerated Genetics Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a degree in select areas of crop, animal, food or range science, agriculture, communications, conservation, education, engineering, finance, horticulture, management, marketing, sales, science or agricultural technology. Applicant must exhibit strong leadership skills and live on family farm. Applicant and/or family must purchase semen or products from an authorized Accelerated Genetics representative and include customer ID number on application.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal or food science, farm/ranch or business management, general agriculture, agricultural communications, journalism, extension, public relations, economics, international agriculture, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, biochemistry, biological sciences, biotechnology, food packaging or technology or pulp and paper technology. Minimum 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. Must be current FFA member. Applicant must exhibit strong leadership skills and have participated in community service. Some residency requirements may apply.AWARD: 80 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Harry McLaughlin Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores and Juniors Major: Animal and Vet Sciences Minimum GPA: 2.5 Unit load required: Full-Time (Undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: Participation in University, College, Department and student activities Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: Must have completed a minimum of 2 quarters at Cal Poly Pomona; interested in care, management, and promotion of livestock, poultry, and companion or exotic animals/birds; students interested in post-harvest technology and/ or associated business aspects are encouraged to apply

Huyck Research Grants

Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. Huyck Research Grants help fund research projects in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer. As part of the Huyck Preserve's continued efforts to share scientific research with the broader community and the members that have supported research endeavors at the Preserve, Huyck Research Grant recipients are required to participate in scientific outreach while they are in residence through presentations at our Annual Science Symposium, Thursday Night Lecture Series, our bi-annual newsletter, through guided public hikes, and/or as a guest lecturer for our educational programs. Grant applications are typically due the 2nd Friday in March each year.

Arizona Quarter Racing Scholarship

$500 one-year scholarship Ideal candidate has been a member of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year who is from Arizona and has experience within the racing industry or who is seeking a career in the industry. Recipient must seek a career in veterinary medicine, racetrack management or other racing related field. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to either a two or four-year degree program as specified above.

Next Generation Scholarship Fund

As this generation’s farmers and ranchers near retirement, we work to persuade our children and grandchildren not to leave the family farm. As an incentive, we developed a scholarship program called the Next Generation Scholarship Fund. This fund is designed to raise awareness to the loss of traditional farming and ranching practices, and to ultimately help maintain this way of life. Our goal is to help give the children and family members of Niman Ranch farmers or other family farmers a better opportunity to return to the farm by helping pay for some of their education.

Marshall McCullough/National Dairy Shrine Schp

Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

AQHF Racing Scholarship

$4,000 or $8,000 scholarship Ideal candidates are applicants who have experience within the racing industry or are seeking a career in the industry. Applicants seeking a career in the racing industry may specialize in veterinary medicine, racetrack management or other related fields. Applicants may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school, and must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a two or four-year degree program as specified above.

Herbert & Grace Reese Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students Major: Animal and Vet Science Minimum GPA: 2.5 Unit load required: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: Demonstrate interest and involvement in California light horse industry Application required: Spring Quarter

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