World Bank Group Young Professionals Program
ByScholarship AdvisoronJuly 25, 2017inAgriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science, July, Scholarships
World Bank Group would like to announce its Young Professionals Program (YPP) which is a starting point for an exciting career. The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others. The […]
National Black Farmers Association Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronApril 25, 2017inAgriculture, Graduate, High School Senior, May, Scholarships
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation has established a scholarship program named as “National Black Farmers Association Scholarship” to assist African American farmers. African American farmers or dependent children of African American farmers, with a verifiable farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency or Cooperative Extension Service, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The […]
Gene Iagar Agricultural Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronApril 1, 2017inAgriculture, July, Maryland State Scholarships, Scholarships, Undergraduate
University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is providing scholarship named as “Gene Iagar Agricultural Scholarship”. The opportunity is open for Maryland undergraduate (second-semester freshmen through entering seniors) students who have/had a dairy project (any breed) and are enrolled in a 4-year College of Agriculture program of their choice. The fund will be used […]
Targeting Excellence Inc. Scholarships
ByScholarship AdvisoronMarch 23, 2017inAgriculture, March, Scholarships
Targeting Excellence Scholarships will be awarded by a scholarship committee comprised of national BOD members and regional leaders involved in food animal production. The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an agricultural curriculum at an institution that offers degrees in agriculture. Scholarship awarded to the student will reflect the interest of […]
The CALS Graduate Scholarships
ByScholarship AdvisoronMarch 7, 2017inAgriculture, April, Graduate, Scholarships
The mission of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is to deliver unsurpassed educational programs that prepare students to address the world’s critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human well-being, natural resources and sustainable communities. That’s why they are offering its scholarship program named as the CALS (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) […]
The Farm Kids for College Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 22, 2017inAgriculture, High School Senior, March, Scholarships
At National Farmers, they are honored to encourage the next generation to chase their ag dreams – and catch them. With this aim, the National Farmers is now offering the “Farm Kids for College Scholarship” to ag dreamers who have major in an agricultural field. The competition is open to high school seniors who plan […]
Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 11, 2017inAgriculture, Engineering, Mathematics, May, Scholarships, Science, Technology
Every year, approximately 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. Agriculture is more than just farming—it’s thousands of careers in a variety of fields, including science, technology, engineering, math and much more. Hence Monsanto Company is pleased to offer Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship Program. Monsanto is committed to recognizing high-achieving […]
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
ByScholarship AdvisoronJanuary 27, 2017inAgriculture, High School Senior, High School Students, January, Scholarships, Scholarships by Major
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors. The goal of the scholarship is to increase the number of […]
Texas Big Game Awards
ByScholarship AdvisoronJanuary 14, 2017inAgriculture, Freshman, High School Senior, March, Scholarships
The Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) is co-sponsored by Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). The Texas Big Game Awards is open to graduate high school senior, entering college freshman, sophomore, or juniors related to agriculture and natural resource. The Texas Big Game Awards is designed to promote big game […]
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 12, 2016inAgriculture, Environmental Science, March, Scholarships
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The Udall Foundation is looking for real change-makers who are passionate, authentic, and creative. The Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 each that can […]
TRUE|U Student Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 8, 2016inAgriculture, Architecture, December, Engineering, Graduate, Scholarships, Social and Health Care Programs
TRUEGRID™ is offering their TRUE|U student scholarships to advance careers across a diverse range of sustainable business, green building, and related environmental areas. Currently, an enrolled student, part-time or full-time, in a two-year, four-year, or graduate program are eligible to apply .First prize winner will receive, $2,500, second prize will receive $300, and third prize […]
Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronJuly 14, 2016inAccounting, Agriculture, Biology, Graduate, October, Scholarships, Scholarships by Major, Undergraduate
The Throlson American Bison Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 scholarship program. This program has been established to encourage bison related studies and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals. A minimum of $2,000 of the $9,000 amount will be awarded in the memory of Richard Zahringer to a student pursuing a degree in […]
IPM Crop Scouting Competition
ByScholarship AdvisoronMay 23, 2016inAgriculture, Contest, High School Students, July, Scholarships by Major
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program is hosting the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth. The purpose of the contest is to provide students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of IPM for corn and soybean and to obtain knowledge and skills helpful in future careers […]
Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship Student Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronMay 14, 2016inAgriculture, Contest, Essay Scholarships, Graduate, May, Mexico State Scholarships, Postgraduate, Scholarships by Major
Are you a college student who has been inspired by someone to be rooted in the industry? If so, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc invite you to compete for a portion of $20,000 in available awards to help grow your future. Syngenta is committed to awarding tomorrow’s leaders who are rooted in agriculture. The Syngenta Essay Contest is a […]
HCCF Herbert & Marilyn Gettelfinger Agricultural Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronApril 21, 2016inAgriculture, Freshman, Graduate, June, Postgraduate, Postsecondary Students, Scholarships, Scholarships by Major
The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) is glad to announce “Herbert & Marilyn Gettelfinger Agricultural Scholarship.” Applicants who are interested in applying must be a resident of Harrison County on the date of their high school graduation. This endowment fund provides educational scholarships to students in agricultural studies who have successfully completed at least twenty-four hours […]
Minnesota Pork Board Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronApril 21, 2016inAgriculture, Freshman, May, Minnesota State Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships by Major, Science, Undergraduate
Applications are invited for undergraduates by Minnesota Pork Board termed as “Minnesota Pork Board Scholarship.” Young people pursuing careers in agricultural business, agricultural education, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, livestock reproduction, large animal veterinary medicine and other related fields can easily apply. Five winners will receive $1,000 amount. The Minnesota […]
Maryland Grain Scholarship Program
ByScholarship AdvisoronMarch 29, 2016inAgriculture, Graduate, June, Scholarships, Science
Maryland Grain Scholarship Program is being offered by Maryland Grain Producers Association (MGPA). Anyone who is pursuing Bachelor of Science Degree, or enrolled or accepted to a two-year institution with an agricultural program are considered to be eligible. The scholarship aim’s to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing an agriculturally related career. Amount […]
Farm Credit Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 11, 2016inAgriculture, Biology, Chemistry, February, High School Students, Scholarships
Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is pleased to announce the scholarship program. Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is committed to help ensure a bright future for their rural communities and the agricultural industry through their scholarship program. High school seniors are encouraged to apply for Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s scholarship program. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded […]
WinField Careers in Agriculture Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 2, 2016inAgriculture, February, Mexico State Scholarships, Scholarships
WinField is pleased to announce Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to high school graduating seniors and first or second year college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in agronomy, crop production, or closely related fields.The program demonstrates scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture […]
Minnesota FFA Foundation’s James W. Tracy Scholarship
ByScholarship AdvisoronJanuary 16, 2016inAgriculture, February, Scholarships
The Minnesota FFA Foundation is pleased to bring life to James Tracy’s dream of providing scholarships to youth involved in agriculture. The scholarship is open to resident of Minnesota. Generations of young people will benefit from this donation as the funds will be used to support youth agricultural scholarships. The scholarship will award five (5) […]
Last week, I blogged about an opportunity for college students to beef up their advocacy skills and earn prizes for participating in the College Aggies Online scholarship program hosted by the Animal Agriculture Alliance.
READ: College students leading the charge as ag advocates
This week, I would like to share another opportunity, this one for high school students. It’s the 2018 Ag Day Essay Contest, sponsored by CHS Inc., Farm Progress and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and hosted by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA).
This year’s official essay topic is, “How will agriculture feed the world?”
Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to explore this theme and describe how agriculture impacts their daily lives and how this industry will feed a growing planet.
ACA gives these prompts as food for thought to inspire the students as they write their essays:
- Global population is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2020
- Increasing global consumer interest in how food is produced and processed
- Popularity and growth of high protein diets featuring plant-based protein
- Health and fitness driving consumer food buying habits
- Influence of technology and biotechnology on food production, such as precision agriculture, drones and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms)
- There’s a shortfall of students entering agriculture, versus the number of job openings. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 20,000 agriculture jobs are left unfilled annually.
- Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people; a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s.
- Average age of today’s farmer is 58 years old, who will take over?
READ: 5 consumer sentiments about food
The deadline to enter is Jan. 31, 2018, and the rules can be viewed here.
Students have the option to submit essays in written or video format for this national competition. Two winners will be selected and will win $1,000. The winners will be announced to the public and media following the Taste of Ag Celebration on National Ag Day, March 20, 2018.
Please share this contest with any high school students you know. This is an excellent opportunity to explore an important topic and research possible solutions for sustainably raising a large amount of food in the future. I can’t wait to read the winning essays, and I encourage all 4-H, FFA and agricultural students to apply. Good luck!
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.