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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. 

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

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.

NDS / Klussendorf / MCKown Scholarships

Six scholarships will be awarded to students successfully completing their first, second or third years at a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Canada majoring in dairy science, animal science, agri-business, or other related majors that will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the dairy industry. Scholarships are based on activities, experience and future plans. These awards are made possible by donations from Chris Kampf, the McKown family and from Klussendorf members and friends.

Collection Study Grants

Criteria: 1. Must be interested in Anthropology, Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Entomology, Herpetology and Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Ornithology, or Vertebrate Paleontology. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://research.amnh.org/grants/grantsprog.html for more information and an application form.

Church & Dwight Company Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal or dairy science, agricultural business management, finance, sales and marketing or agricultural engineering. Preference given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in a dairy-related career. Must exhibit strong leadership skills. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale U.S. residency required.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

NDS Junior 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 junior 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 interest in the dairy industry. Application Deadline is April 15

Pfizer/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Scholarship Value: Up to $15,000Classifications: Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, 1st Year Graduate Student, 1st Year Law StudentMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Resources, Law, Pre-Vet, Animal Science, Supply Chain Management, Organizational DevelopmentEligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, Selected HBCUs and majority institutionsEligible Locations: Open, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, MichiganScholarship Detail:UNCF and Pfizer have partnered to provide rising college juniors, seniors, graduate students and 1st year law school students with an opportunity to gain invaluable internship experience. Interns, with the exception of 1st year law school students, earn a scholarship up to $15,000 while 1st year law students earn a premium internship pay. Selected students participate in an 8-10 week summer internship at Pfizer corporate facilities and are eligible to receive scholarship funding. Students will work with a best-in-class pharmaceutical company in a range of key business and research areas. Applicants must complete an online application, have TWO faculty members complete online letters of recommendation and, upon request, submit a current transcript. Law applicants must submit an unedited writing sample online in addition to an essay. Mail transcripts to Pfizer/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031.Donor/Sponsor Name: Pfizer Inc.(Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.)

Tyson Foods Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in general agriculture; animal nutrition or science; farm and ranch management; poultry science; agricultural communications, journalism or public relations; management and finance; marketing and sales; or select area science and engineering. Must be a resident of a community in which a Tyson Foods processing facility is located. Scholarship recipients will be provided information regarding possible internship/part-time employment opportunities at Tyson Foods Inc.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $1,000 each, 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

NPFDA Scholarships

To qualify, each applicant must: * be a junior or senior in college the year the scholarship is received * be enrolled as a full time student * be enrolled in an agricultural college or university Selection criteria for the scholarship is also based upon: * consideration of academic excellence * past and current involvement in poultry and food related activities * professional objectives

Diamond V Mills Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: One scholarship for applicants pursuing a four-year degree in livestock nutrition, animal production or animal science at Iowa State University. Second scholarship for applicants pursuing a two-year degree in livestock nutrition, animal production or animal science at Kirkwood Community College.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

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