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.

NDS / Dairy Management Inc.

(1st - $1,500; 2nd through 7th - $1,000)(Number of awards is dependent on number and quality of applicants).These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue careers in marketing of milk or dairy products. Major areas can include: Dairy Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Education, General Education and Food and Nutrition. Awards are based on experience ability and interests in dairy/product marketing. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc

Caryl Beck-Miller Pets Alive Scholarship

Description: Awarded to a graduating senior of Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis in memory of Caryl Beck-Miller, who founded and ran Pets Alive, a non profit organization dedicated to saving and caring for unwanted and discarded pets. The recipient must plan to enroll as a full or part time student at any school of higher education, and in a course of study designed to educate individuals for the provision of medical, health or life enhancing care of animals.Criteria: To qualify for this scholarship, the student must demonstrate a financial need, and must have maintained a B average in high school. Other selection criteria should include evidence of self-help, and demonstrated leadership and volunteer activity. A hand-written essay must accompany the scholarship application.Award: Amounts up to $500; nonrenewable

R. Larry Beamer and Deborah Haynes Foundation

Scholarship awards for students whose course of study relates to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Recipient selected by school. Initial approach: Letter

The Marshall G. Cox Family Foundation

Giving primarily for environmental conservation and wildlife protection; some giving for scholarship awards to students majoring in animal care and protection. Application form required. Application address: c/o Donna Cox 2642 Vista Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92663 Tel.: (949) 574-9804 Giving primarily in California.

Agriculture - Academic Opportunity Award

Scholarships are awarded to students in the following areas of study: General Agriculture, Animal Science, Agronomy, Beef Cattle Management, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Business. These awards are for incoming freshmen only.

Brett Blackert Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor: The Blackert FamilyAmount: One - $1,000.00Use: Two-four year college/universityCriteria: Student must be planning a career in Agri-Science examples include veterinarian medicine, vet assistant, animal services (grooming, daycare, training). Must also be able to provide documented volunteer hours in this field. The student must also provide a picture, additional essay recommendation of an educator and recommendation of professional in the field of Agri-Science. This information must be emailed to Requirements: 1. 500 word, single spaced point 12 point Time New Roman font, essay, explain why your love for animals has driven your career choice down this path2. Recommendation of an educator3. Recommendation of professional in the field of Agri-Science4. The applicants must email to Pam Houle at the additional information

National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or a four-year degree in wildlife management. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Applicants must support the preservation of the hunting tradition, demonstrate a commitment to conservation, actively participate in hunting sports, have strong leadership skills and have work or volunteer-related experience in the hunting sport. Family must exhibit financial need and the applicant must be involved in the community. Winner shall allow National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to publicize winner’s name or likeness in a tasteful way for NWTF use.AWARD: One scholarship at $5,000, non-renewable.

Outstanding Freshman Scholarship

Eligibility criteria Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Freshmen 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: Awarded to freshman with highest GPA after completing 24 or more units at the end of the winter quarter of the freshman year; must have participated in extra-curricular activities

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.

NDS / Maurice E. Core Scholarship

One scholarship is available to freshman status college students who are majoring in a dairy/animal industry related field with interest in working in the dairy industry in the future. Scholarship is based on leadership abilities, volunteerism, activities and plans for the future. This scholarship sponsored by the Core Scholarship fund, a fund donated by the Friends of Maurice E. Core, longtime leader in the Jersey breed and National Dairy Shrine.

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