Foun­da­tion to of­fer $60,500 in schol­ar­ships

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The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foun­da­tion for Agri­cul­ture is of­fer­ing up to $60,500 in schol­ar­ships to Georgia stu­dents pur­su­ing a de­gree re­lated to agri­cul­ture, vet­eri­nary medicine, fam­ily and con­sumer sciences or a re­lated field, New­ton County Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Brent Gal­loway 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 2017 GFB 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 or Emmanuel Col­lege dur­ing the 201718 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 scholar- ships 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 10 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 or Emmanuel Col­lege and are 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 two schol­ar­ships of $2,500 each.

“I en­cour­age all stu­dents who qual­ify for one of the Georgia Farm Bureau schol­ar­ships to ap­ply,” Gal­loway said. “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 Feb. 3. Ap­pli­ca­tions and schol­ar­ship el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments may be ob­tained from New­ton County Farm Bureau of­fice or down­loaded at the GFB Foun­da­tion for Agri­cul­ture web­site at www.gf­b­foun­da­tion.org.

The schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced in spring 2017, and the schol­ar­ships will be dis­trib­uted in the sum­mer of 2017.

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