High school seniors looking to attend college to study agriculture have an opportunity to earn extra money to do so with the assistance of the Georgia Farm Bureau.
Newton County–Georgia Farm Bureau President Keith Mitcham announced on Friday that the organization will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, according to a news release.
“I would like to encourage any high school seniors in our county who are planning to pursue a degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences, or a related agricultural field to consider applying for the Farm Bureau Scholarship,” said Mitcham.
The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000, and the remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship.
Interested applicants must plan to enter a school under the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 2013-2014 academic year and pursue an undergraduate degree in the fields of agriculture.
The application includes a list of all the University System of Georgia Institutions students may attend to qualify for the scholarship and examples of qualifying majors.
All scholarship applications must be approved and signed by the Farm Bureau president of the county in which the applicant resides or attends high school.
The scholarship is sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the GFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Sandi Mitcham, chairman of the Newton County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, also invited students to apply for the scholarship.
“Farm Bureau welcomes the opportunity to assist our state’s future agriculture leaders in continuing their education,” she said.
To download a copy of the application, visit gfb.org, select GFB Programs and then select “Ag in the Classroom.”
You can also contact the Newton County Farm Bureau office at (770) 786-7201 to obtain an application or for more information about the scholarship program.
Applications can be submitted to the Newton County Farm Bureau office at P.O. Box 390, Covington, GA 30015 by Friday, Feb. 15.
Recipients of the scholarship will be announced in May. Scholarships will be distributed during the summer after scholarship recipients provide confirmation of their enrollment in a college or university with their major area of study.
The 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.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.