The 2015-16 Precision Ag Scholarship program offers two $2,500, one-time scholarship awards presented to high school seniors who are going to pursue precision agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university.
The scholarship is managed by the PrecisionAg Institute and is made possible through support by the Institute’s partners. The scholarships will be presented in $1,250 increments per semester. The students must maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.
Final selection will be made the last week of January by the PrecisionAg Institute. The students will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix on February 27, 2015.
The PrecisionAg Institute sponsors the winners and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the Institute’s booth at Commodity Classic.
- HS GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale to apply and submit a current HS transcript
- HS transcript can be official or unofficial but must show HS GPA scale.
- Only one award per household for the duration of the life of the scholarship.
- Applicant must plan to declare Precision Agriculture (or discipline in the school of Agriculture) as an area of study at any accredited College or University of their choosing.
- Applicant must submit most recent ACT and/or SAT standardized test score.
- Applicant must achieve a college GPA of 2.5 during their first semester of freshman year, and remain in good standing with the College or University to obtain the full scholarship. (GPA will be checked between semesters.) Transfer credits do not apply toward the GPA requirement.
- Applicant must complete an essay of 500 words or less, entitled, “What is the future of precision agriculture and what role will I play in that future?”
- Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from an authority figure dealing directly with the student’s academic progress such as HS Guidance Counselor, Ag teacher, other Advisor, etc. and one personal recommendation letter, such as FFA advisor, pastor, etc.
- Applicant must show demonstrated extra-curricular activities/leadership skills in precision agriculture activities.
- Student’s parent or grandparent must remain a current member throughout the tenure of the student’s scholarship.
- Applicants fill out online application from December 20 through January 20 for the following academic year’s scholarship award. Scholarship winner will be selected in late January and the winner will be notified.
- Eligible applicants will be scored by the below stated percentages.
- Scholarship winner will be selected in early February by the members PrecisionAg Institute and the winner will be notified thereafter.
- The official public announcement of the winner will be made at Commodity Classic in Phoenix on February 27, 2015.
Selected Candidates Scoring
- 20% HS GPA and ACT and/or SAT standardized test score
- 20% Response to Essay Question
- 30% Extra-curricular/leadership activities related to precision agriculture
- 30% Two letters of recommendation. One academic. One personal.
- Click on the application link and print out a blank copy of the application form so you can review the information needed and have time to prepare your answers and obtain the required attachments.
- When you have your answers outlined and the attachments ready to submit, click on the application link and fill in the online application form. Attach the appropriate files and submit your application.
- After you submit your application a confirmation will be e-mailed to you with a copy of the information you submitted.
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