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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.

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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.

NMA Undergraduate Scholarships

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.

California Cotton Alliance AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships

The California Cotton Alliance is a non-profit foundation with a primary mission to provide funding for cotton research. Additionally, however, the Alliance wishes to support academic and scholarship initiatives throughout the state of California. The Alliance is providing five scholarships to students currently attending California institutions and pursuing an agriculture or related major. Preference will be giving to students originally from the state of California, but scholarships are not limited to that criteria. 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.

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

ILC Resources Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal, dairy or poultry science with a preference in poultry. Resident of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri or Illinois (in that order) planning to attend Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Illinois (Urbana) or South Dakota State University. Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable

AVS Retired Faculty Scholarship Endowment

Eligibility criteria: Open to: Entering Freshman or Entering Transfer and Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors Major: Animal and Vet Sciences Minimum GPA: 2.7 Enrollment for period of award: At least half-time (undergraduate 6 units, graduate 4 units) Required activities/sport participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other Requirements: Demonstrated academic excellence in university, college, department and/ or student activities; genuine interest in and talent in animal and veterinary science careers.

Lindbergh Grant

Lindbergh Grants are awarded to individuals for research or public education projects, not to affiliated organizations for institutional programs. The Foundation welcomes candidates who may or may not be affiliated with an academic, non-profit institution or for-profit organization. The Lindbergh Grants Program is international in scope. Citizens of all countries are eligible. Letters of request, applications and Endorser's Reports and required progress and final reports must be submitted in the English language. The Foundation does not provide support for overhead costs of institutions, tuition or scholarships.

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.

Thoroughbred Scholarship

The Thoroughbred Scholarship is available to undergraduate students from any background wishing to pursue a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine practice only), equine science, racetrack management, equine business management or pasture management as it pertains to horse farms, and other related fields. (Riding certification programs are not eligible.) To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must • be 24 years old or younger as of September 1 of the application year, • have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA, • have an annual household income of less than $75,000 OR be financially independent from parents.* Essay on ONE of the following three topics (Please limit essay response to 500 words or less.): 1) What do you consider to be the single most important societal problem? Why? 2) Pick a controversial problem on college campuses and suggest a solution. 3) Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school. 4) Describe your most meaningful achievement(s) and how it relates to your future goals. Letter(s) of recommendation (Optional. Must be signed but not in sealed envelope); Current official transcript (Optional. But may be requested at a later date. Seal can be broken); Student Aid Report (from FAFSA) If you have NOT received your Student Aid Report, you must submit either your parent/guardian's previous year’s tax return and current year’s W2 form OR the current year’s tax return. (Additional years may be requested.); Financial aid award letter(s); (Applicable. Including other scholarship awards). Applicants apply online ONLY. Applications will be reviewed by The Race For Education Selection Committee and finalists contacted for a personal interview. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Board of Directors, and all applicants will be notified by June 1st each year. Inquiries about the scholarships may be directed to The Race For Education at (859) 252-8648 or info@raceforeducation.org *To be considered financially independent, a student must be at least 24 years old OR married OR a veteran OR an orphan OR have dependents of his or her own. Applicants who have been legally emancipated must provide documentation indicating such. No exceptions will be considered.

Homer D. Fausch Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors Major: Animal Science Minimum GPA: 3.0 Unit load required: None Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: No Other criteria: Open to Animal Science majors with 3 or more quarters in residence at Cal Poly Pomona; minimum 3.0 GPA or 120 or more units or on Cal Poly Pomona course work for transfer students

Stanley H. Durwood Foundation AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, named after the late Founder of AMC Theaters and active philanthropist, provides five AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships to students identified and selected by AFA. The Trustees of the Foundation believe in continuing to provide access to education and are assisting in this effort by providing these five scholarships to deserving AFA delegates. These scholarships are only available for graduating high school seniors. 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 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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