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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.

American Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition; animal, dairy, equine or poultry science; animal breeding and genetics; biological sciences or pre-vet/vet sciences, with preference to applicants planning a career in veterinary medicine or veterinary food supply/public health.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable. Must apply online prior to 5:00 p.m. February 1st each year

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

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.

Al Piccetti 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.

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.

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

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.

$500 Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the pet industry? Do you want to work in the field of animal health and nutrition? The companion animal (pet) industry is expanding rapidly all around the world. Career opportunities in animal health, animal nutrition, marketing, publishing, and pet food manufacturing are increasing every year. Oxbow Animal health will reward one Nebraska High School Senior with a strong interest in pursuing a career in the companion animal industry a $500 Scholarship to pursue their dreams. Scholarships are paid directly to the school in September. To Qualify: • Complete the application, available online at www.oxbowanimalhealth.com • Submit a résumé describing activities and job history • Provide two letters of reference • Be a high school senior graduating from a Nebraska high school • Plan to attend a college or university in the Fall Semester • Submit a 300-500 word essay explaining why you want to pursue a career in the pet industry or in the field of animal health

Amelia Dashiell Scholarship

Eligibility- For Maryland 4-H Equine project members studying equine major. - Be a currently enrolled 4-H member who has completed at least two (2) years of 4-H work in MarylandOR- Is a Maryland 4-H Alumni(ae) having been enrolled in Maryland 4-H for a minimum of two (2) years prior to graduating from 4-HApplication Requirements- Candidates submitting a Maryland 4-H Foundation Scholarship Award Application must be planning to enroll in an accredited college, university or post high school program in the fall of the year in which the application is made.- Scholarship award applications are to be postmarked by June 1st of the year in which the scholarship application is made.- The Scholarship Award Application must be type written or filled out in black ink and signed by the candidate.- Candidates must provide documentation as to:o Financial needo High School Scholastic Record/ Unofficial transcript from post-high school institutiono Leadership Abilities and resourcefulnesso 4-H Backgroundo A letter of recommendation from high school counselor, county/city 4-H educator, or college advisor

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.)

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