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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. 

R&D Systems Scholarship Application Fall 2018

R&D Systems is proud to support education in science with a scholarship program established to students who are pursuing a degree in a science related field. The R&D Systems Scholarship Program will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester.

Thomas H. Lutsey Rural Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant's career choice needs to be one that enhances rural communities such as dairy science, animal science, agricultural engineering, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, businessRequirements:# Transcripts# ReferencesOther Requirements: • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA • Financial need is considered • Must be a graduating senior from North East WisconsinRenewable: YesRenewal Criteria: 3.0+ GPA & approval of committee

W.D. Farr Scholarship

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is honoring the successful career of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colorado through two $12,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name. We lost a true industry leader and friend with W.D.'s passing on August 13, 2007, at the age of 97. Farr, a third generation Coloradan, pioneer rancher, statesman and banker is known for his extraordinary vision. His dedication to improving agriculture, livestock and water development has resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation. Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae – a summary of your educational and academic background, resume Description of applicant’s professional goals and leadership experience Statement of belief in the industry Review of applicant’s graduate research Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from a person within the applicant’s department, college or university)

McNellis Fonda Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Continuing or Graduate Cal Poly Pomona Students Major: Animal and Veterinary Science Minimum GPA: 2.5 Unit load required: At least half-time (undergraduate 6 units, graduate 4 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: None Other criteria: Career goal in the care, management or promotion of livestock, poultry and companion or exotic animals/ birds; potential to conduct scholarly scientific research; must have completed 16 units of graduate level courses; good representation of the Animal and Veterinary Science Department as indicated by academic excellence

United Dairymen of Idaho Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four year degree in dairy science, animal science as it relates to the dairy industry, agricultural education or extension, animal breeding and genetics, large animal nutrition or large animal veterinarian. Residents of Idaho with a dairy cattle background required. Student must live on family farm and have dairy ownership/experience in supervised agriculture experience (SAE).AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,600 each, non-renewable.

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

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.

Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agribusiness or animal sciences.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,250. Not guaranteed.

Assets for Independence Program

The Race For Education scholarship applicants may be eligible for an additional $4,000 in scholarship funds from a federal matching grant that the RFE has received from the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, which is called the Assets for Independence Program (AFI). If a student is eligible for the program, s/he must open an Individual Development Account (IDA), which is a saving account in their name at RFE's designated bank. The student must then save $500 of earned income in the IDA, which must be completed no later than the end of their junior year. Once they save the $500, RFE will deposit $2,000 in their account and $2,000 will be deposited from the AFI matching grant, for a total of $4,000 in additional funding. If you are interested in applying for the AFI program. Please fill out the application (see website) and mail, fax or email to 1818 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504. Bbell@raceforeducation.org - Fax (859) 252-8030 Applications accepted year round.

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.

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.

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