Geor­gia Farm Bureau’s foun­da­tion for agri­cul­ture of­fers $58K in schol­ar­ships

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CEDAR­TOWN — The Geor­gia Farm Bureau 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, James I. Casey, Polk 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 Casey. “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. l y/ 18GFBAg Foun­da­tion­schol­arapps for a list of el­i­gi­ble ma­jors/schools, ap­pli­ca­tion in­struc­tions and to ap­ply. All ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit- ted 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.

Geor­gia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest gen­eral farm or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its vol­un­teer mem­bers ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal, dis­trict and state ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote agri­cul­ture aware­ness to their non-farm­ing neigh­bors.

The GFB Foun­da­tion for Agri­cul­ture is a non­profit 501(c)(3) cor­po­ra­tion. Do­na­tions are tax-ex­empt. GFB is us­ing the foun­da­tion to fi­nance ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als de­signed to in­crease the agri­cul­tural lit­er­acy of Geor­gia res­i­dents.

Do­na­tions may be made on the foun­da­tion web­site at http://www. gf­b­foun­da­ or checks made payable to the GFB Foun­da­tion for Agri­cul­ture may be mailed to the GFB Foun­da­tion care of Katie Gazda at P.O. Box 7068 Ma­con, Ga. 31209.

Please call the Polk County Farm Bureau of­fice at 770-748-5641 for any ques­tions.

Students have a va­ri­ety of dis­trac­tions in their lives when­ever they come home from school. Hun­dreds of cable chan­nels, on­line video games, and screens of all sizes with YouTube, Spo­tify and a va­ri­ety of so­cial me­dia.

One club con­tin­ues to pro­vide whole­some op­tions for youth when they are get­ting off the bus, right in the heart of down­town Cedar­town.

Cedar­town’s Boys & Girls Club has been placed at 321 E. Queen St. for up­wards of 14 years now where lo­cal youth have been given a place to spend time af­ter school, re­ceive tu­tor­ing and help with home­work, build char­ac­ter, go on field trips, meet friends, and just gen­er­ally have fun.

The club is fi­nan­cially ac­ces­si­ble for those in need and op­er­ates from 2: 30 through 6: 30 p. m. dur­ing the school year to aid par­ents who find them­selves be­ing pulled in sev­eral dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

For those who are new to the county, know­ing op­tions and as­sets lo­cated around the county is cru­cial, and The Boys & Girls Club is a pow­er­ful tool for any par­ent.

The club is, again, de­signed to be fi­nan­cially ac­ces­si­ble, and the af­ter school fa­cil­ity op­er­ates on a tiered pay­ment sys­tem that charges fam­i­lies based on three dif­fer­ent as­pects. Those look­ing to en­roll a child can vis­ithttp://www.bgc­n­wga. org/who-we-are/mem­ber­ship/.

“If a fam­ily is re­ceiv­ing help from the state or gov­ern­ment, whether it be food stamps or any­thing else, they only pay $5 per child on a weekly ba­sis,” man­ager April Sams said. “We also have in­come based fees where a fam­ily can pay $12 per child depend­ing on their in­come level, and a reg­u­lar mem­ber­ship is $20 per child.”

Mem­ber­ship has no ma­jor re­stric­tions, and youth of nearly all ages are al­lowed to en­roll in the club.

“Our only ma­jor re­stric­tion would be the fi­nan­cial as­pect, but that re­stric­tion changes based on sev­eral things,” Sams ex­plained. “We’re open to kids ages 5 through 18, and we’re even work­ing with the school to po­ten­tially get a bus route for kids who come here af­ter school.”

Re­gard­less of the fee par­ents pay, each child

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