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Ag scholarships offered

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering $58,000 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree in agriculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences or a related field, Justin Long,  Decatur County Farm Bureau president, recently announced.

Since 1959, GFB has awarded scholarships to students entering college with plans to pursue a career in agriculture or family and consumer sciences. In 2016, the GFB Foundation expanded the scholarship program to offer scholarships to rising college juniors and seniors, technical college students and veterinary college students. In 2018 the GFB Foundation for Agriculture will award scholarships in the following four categories.

Scholarship for Agriculture – This scholarship is for high school students who plan to enter a college that is part of the University System of Georgia, Berry College, Emmanuel College or any accredited college/university in Georgia with an ag program during the 2018-19 academic year to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field. The GFB Foundation will award five scholarships of $3,000 each and seven scholarships of $1,500 each.

Technical College Scholarship for Agriculture – This scholarship is for high school students who plan to enroll in a Georgia accredited technical college who will be majoring in an area of agriculture or agriculturally related field of study.  The GFB Foundation will award five scholarships of $1,000 each. Rising College Junior/Senior Scholarship for Agriculture – This scholarship is for college students who have at least two semesters of college work remaining to receive an undergraduate degree from a unit of The University System of Georgia, Berry College, Emmanuel College or any accredited college/university in Georgia with an ag program. Applicants must be majoring in agriculture and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agriculture field. The GFB Foundation will award 10 scholarships of $2,000 each. 

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship – This scholarship is for students currently enrolled in the UGA Veterinary Medicine program specializing in large animal/food animal practice.  The GFB Foundation will award three scholarships of $2,500 each.

“I encourage any student who qualifies for one of the Georgia Farm Bureau scholarships to apply,” said Long.  “Agriculture offers many exciting career opportunities. Both farmers and consumers depend on the many jobs agriculture creates from Cooperative Extension agents to food quality control managers who inspect our food to make sure it’s safe.”

The deadline to apply for all of the scholarships is March 2, 2018. Visit http://bit.ly/18GFBAgFoundationscholarapps for a list of eligible majors/schools, application instructions and to apply. All applications must be submitted online by March 2. Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be submitted online with the application or mailed. Supporting materials that are mailed must be postmarked by March 2.

The scholarship recipients will be announced in spring 2018. Scholarship checks will be sent to the qualifying college/university the recipient is attending and placed in their school account upon verification the student has met all qualifications for the scholarship. The GFB Foundation Scholarships for Agriculture awarded to graduating high school seniors will be distributed upon receipt of first semester transcript indicating the recipient is pursuing an ag-related course of study and has at least a 3.0 GPA.