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Scholarships available to local students
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Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to ten high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field, Brent Galloway, Newton County Farm Bureau president, recently announced. 

The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000 divided between their first two years of college. The remaining seven students will each receive a one-time $750 scholarship. 

Applicants must plan to enter a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 2012-2013 academic year to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 24, 2012.

“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 Galloway, Newton County Farm Bureau president.

Please contact the Newton County Farm Bureau office at (770) 786-7201 for more information about the scholarship program or to obtain an application. You may also download a copy of the application by visiting and selecting GFB Programs and then selecting Ag in the Classroom. 

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.

“Farm Bureau welcomes the opportunity to assist our state’s future agriculture leaders in continuing their education,” said Nancy Anderson, Newton County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee chairman.

The scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2012. The scholarships will be distributed in the summer of 2012 after the recipients provide confirmation of their enrollment in a college/university and their major area of study. 

The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the GFB Women’s Committee sponsor the scholarship program.

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.