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Scholarships for agriculture and closely related majors

scholarshipsCollege-bound San Diego County high school and college students planning to pursue a career in agriculture or a closely related field should start formulating their game plan now to take advantage of the many scholarship programs available. Here are a handful of popular scholarship programs offered to ag-minded students with contact information to get your student started in the right direction:

San Diego County Farm Bureau

Scholarship amount: Ranges from $500 to $5,000
Application deadline: March 30, 2015
Contact: (760) 745-3023
2015 Application: PDF, Employer Recommendation, Academic Recommendation

The Farm Bureau of San Diego County, through the generosity of San Diego County farmers, ranchers, and nursery operators has awarded scholarships to deserving students since the program's inception in 1999.  A total of $221,150 has been awarded to 232 students in the past nine years.  

Each year the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee selects students who are enrolled or entering college as scholarship recipients.  Students entering or attending a two-year or four-year college or university are eligible.  Applicants must be pursuing a course of study in agriculture or a closely related field, and they must have a permanent residence in San Diego County.  Membership in the Farm Bureau is not required.  Past scholarship award amounts have ranged from $500 to $5000. Funds awarded in 2015 must be applied to the 2015-2016 academic year.

The primary criteria for an SDCFB scholarship include academic achievement, career goals and a commitment to study agriculture. Secondary criteria include extracurricular activities, financial need and written expression. Applications must include transcripts as well as recommendations from a teacher and a current or former employer or community service organization. Applicants must be permanent residents of San Diego County and entering or attending a two- or four-year college or university. Applications and recommendation forms are available at the Farm Bureau office and on the Farm Bureau Web site at www.sdfarmbureau.org.

California Farm Bureau Federation

Scholarship amount: Ranges from $1,500 to $2,750
Application deadline:
Contact: Darlene Licciardo at (916) 561-5500

Web site: http://cfbf.com

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination and demonstration of leadership skills. Applicants must be Farm Bureau membership is not required. Detailed information and applications are available at online

Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship

The Rustici scholarships are given to students who intend to pursue a career with a focus on rangeland management, with an emphasis towards cattle and sheep ranching in conjunction with good rangeland practices. Ideal candidates are those who will take over the family ranch and work to improve rangeland conditions as a natural resource. Applications available online.

FFA Scholarships

Application postmarked by: Feb. 1, 2015 (5 p.m. EST)
Email: scholarships@ffa.org

Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.

4H Scholarships for Higher Education


The California 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to promoting higher education, in part through offering financial assistance in the form of scholarships. With help from donors, statewide scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors and college-attending students. Candidates were 4-H members in high school and may now apply for funds to cover educational expenses such as tuition, books, and room and board.

California Strawberry Commission

Ap0plication Deadline: February 15, 2015
Contact: Dyann Meschi at (831)724-1301 or
Email: dmeschi@calstrawberry.org

The California Strawberry Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.8 million to hundreds of children of strawberry farmworkers. Countless students and graduates are pursuing their passions and working in careers that span a wide range of professions. Additionally, many return to their hometowns to give back to their local communities and serve as inspirational role models.

San Diego Flower & Plant Association

Scholarship amount: Variable
Application deadline: April 30, 2015
Contact: Jan Berry (760) 431-2572 or email info@flowerandplant.org
Website: www.flowerandplant.org.

Students who are permanent San Diego County residents and specializing in horticulture at accredited two or four-year schools are eligible. Applications are online from Jan Berry at the San Diego Flower & Plant Association.

Cal Poly

Applicants must visit the Cal Poly Financial Aid Web Page where all the Cal Poly scholarships are listed and an online application form is available.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly Pomona

Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship amount: Varies
Application deadline:
Contact/Web site: www.shinodascholarship.org

In recognition of the need to encourage creative young talent to pursue careers in floriculture, the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established. A non-profit organization, its sole purpose is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students who have chosen to prepare for careers in the flower industry. It is only through education that the interests and potential of young people can be developed in order to meet the expanding demands of the floral industry.

Don Diego Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $5,000 each
Contact: Chana Mannen at (858) 858-4210
Email: cmannen@sdfair.com
Web site: Don Diego Scholarship Information

The Don Diego Fund provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who participate in the San Diego County Fair. Applications and complete eligibility information are available at the Web site above.

Cuyamaca College Botanical Society

Scholarship amount: Variable
Contact:Tita Heimpel, Dept. of Ornamental Horticulture (619) 660-4262
Application available online
Website: Cuyamaca College Botanical Society

Each year the Cuyamaca College Botanical Society awards scholarships to outstanding horticulture students. These scholarships are funded by activities and functions sponsored by the Society, such as the Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference and The Aggie Open Golf Tournament.  Funding support also comes from donations by garden clubs, professional organizations, industry, alumni, and individuals. Scholarships are available for students majoring in any of the seven horticultural programs at Cuyamaca.

Perennial Plant Association

Scholarship amount: $1,000 each
Application deadline: March 4, 2015
Web site: www.perennialplant.org
For more infomation call: 614-771-8431

The scholarship program, in its 16th-year, generously provides students excellent opportunities to attend lectures and tours and to network with members of the perennial industry. Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary registration to all symposium lectures and tours, complimentary lodging in addition to a $1000 stipend. Students enrolled in a two or four-year program are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2015 program are now available and completed applications are due March 4, 2015. 

Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County Conservation Scholarship

Amount: Two scholarships of $1000
Contact: info@rcdsandiego.org

The RCD Conservation Scholarship is an annual scholarship program for graduating high school seniors pursuing further education in the fields of resource conservation or agriculture. The scholarship is available to students residing in or attending school within the RCD of Greater San Diego County boundaries. Five scholarships of $1000 are awarded each year. Winners will be notified by mail by the end of May, and will receive their prize at their school's Senior Awards Night.