Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

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Like many UD students, I opted to spend my Winter 2018 semester studying abroad on one of the numerous programs offered by the University. The New Zealand Study Abroad Program allowed students of all majors to study animal science, plant science, food science, sustainable agricultural practices, and current issues faced by rural farmers. While abroad, students resided in dormitories and took classes in the academic buildings at Lincoln University. Aside from classes, students embarked on 3-4 educational field trips a week to explore the South Island of New Zealand, one of the world’s most agriculturally varied and proficient countries. With agriculture being a main component of New Zealand’s exported goods and economy, it was the perfect setting for this educational excursion. These trips provided students with hands-on learning experiences that reinforce the course material studied in the classroom, helping to make more well-rounded students overall and furthering the ability to make connections both in and out of the classroom.

This journey offered courses and adventures that I believed significantly enriched my experiences as a student of Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences. The courses in Sustainable Farm Management and Topics in International Farm Management were specifically beneficial to my major because they give me a unique perspective on how animals are used, viewed, and cared for in different areas of the world. Farming and animal agriculture are businesses that rely heavily on utilizing animals in a way that is efficient and cost-effective. Veterinarians play a major role in animal agriculture by working with farmers to keep livestock healthy by monitoring structural soundness/lameness, reproduction, nutrition, vaccinations, biosecurity, and animal welfare. Being able to observe how these components of animal care are managed across the world provided me with experiences that are invaluable, should I one-day work as a large animal veterinarian.

Like most undergraduate students, the financial burden of higher education is always a concern of mine. Thankfully, I was able to participate on this incredible educational journey due to the immense generosity of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students of limited financial means with the extraordinary opportunity to study abroad and expand their horizons as a student. Many students are denied the chance to study abroad due to financial constraints, and most are unaware of the resources and scholarship opportunities available to help finance these educational journeys. Given all of the incredible opportunities I was afforded through this scholarship, I aspire to share my experience to inform students at the University of Delaware of the Gilman Scholarship to help make their academic aspirations a reality.

I do not believe that a student should ever have to turn down an educational experience due to lack of funds, especially not experiences so enriching and life-changing as studying abroad. In my perspective, an education is the best investment one could ever make. Thankfully, organizations such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program recognize this as well, and are willing to aid students on their journey to achieve an education, no matter where it may lead them.

If any student interested in studying abroad, I would encourage them to start by researching study abroad programs available to them. It is incredibly important to participate in a program that best suits them if they are to make the most out of their journey. Some important criteria to consider when choosing a study abroad program includes:

  • Be aware of cultural differences and language barriers of your destination.
  • Carefully consider the living accommodations available in that country (drinkable water, toilets, WiFi, etc) as well as where you will be staying during the trip (dorm, host family, etc).
  • Is the duration of the trip compatible with your academic schedule?
  • Are the courses you will be taking abroad of interest to you or beneficial to your desired career path?
  • What activities are there available for you to participate in during your free time?
  • Are you comfortable with the climate in your area of study and are you educated on that area’s natural threats?
  • Be aware of the program cost and the conversion rates between US currency and the country of study.

In regards to the final consideration listed above, I highly recommend every student considering studying abroad to apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program. The application consists of supplying personal information, as well as two essays. The first essay is a Statement of Purpose, highlighting information about your chosen study abroad program, explaining your personal desire for studying abroad, and how the trip will benefit you.  The second essay is a proposal for a Follow-On Service Project, which is expected of every student who receives the Gilman Scholarship. The Follow-On Service Project is an assignment to be completed upon return the the US that promotes the Gilman Scholarship and helps other students to learn more about this incredible opportunity. To be eligible to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, students must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be an undergraduate student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the US who is in good academic standing
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or proof that they will be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of the study abroad program
  • Be in the process of applying or accepted to a study abroad program that offers academic credit at the student’s home institution
  • Be participating in a program that does not take place in a country under official Travel Warning by the US Department of State

For more information about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program and applying, please feel free to contact me at sbussard@udel.edu or seek additional information and apply at https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

To check out all of the study abroad programs offered by the University of Delaware and find applications, please visit http://www1.udel.edu/global/studyabroad/information/programs.html

Gladys Wilkins Seeding the Future Scholarship Fund

The Milton Community Foundation (MCF) and John Potocki of Salon Milton are proud to announce the Gladys Wilkins Seeding the Future Scholarship Fund. Four scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to a student in Sussex County, Delaware who wishes to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture.

The MCF is currently accepting applications from Sussex County high school seniors, as well as Sussex County high school graduates currently attending a college or university in the field of agricultural science. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.

Applicants must be residents of Sussex County, Delaware, and must show proof they plan to pursue studies in agriculture at a college or university level. Applicants must also submit transcripts showing they’ve maintained a B average or higher in middle and high school levels. To apply, submit a brief essay (350-500 words) about why you believe you’re the best candidate for the award, and why agriculture is important to you. Be sure to include your full name, address, telephone number and at least two references. Send your application to jbpotocki@aol.com.

Gladys Wilkins was born and raised in Milton, in the farmhouse she called home until her death in December 2013. The house is a classic Sussex County farmhouse, sturdy and strong just like Gladys. In winter the home was heated by wood stove in the kitchen and coal in the living room. In summer, there was no air conditioning, windows were opened for nature’s own cooling. A long dirt lane leads to the farmhouse, which is surrounded by land once farmed by Gladys and her husband Norman. The couple also operated a school bus. Agriculture was very important to Gladys, who believed in an honest day’s work and good, clean living. She was quick with a joke, remembered everyone’s name and, usually, a little story about everyone she knew. Her clutch of chickens was almost as famous as she was. A dozen eggs from Gladys’ prized hens fetched hundreds of dollars each year at the Milton Historical Society fundraiser.

Nominations Now Open for Seitz Award

The Division of Student Life and the Office of the Dean of Students are thrilled to share that nominations are open now through May 4 for the Seitz Award, celebrating outstanding first- or second-year students at the University of Delaware. this annual award recognizes a first- or second-year student who embodies the student-created “We Are Blue Hens” values statement. All UD faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations here.

The fund for the George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award was established in 1954 at UD by Margaret Seitz to honor the memory of her mother and father. This annual recognition, which includes a $1,500 award, is presented each spring to a first- or second-year student who exemplifies outstanding character by demonstrating and encouraging in others the following values:

  • Respect – We support the inherent right for all members of our community to have a voice and freely share their ideas. We acknowledge that an environment where there is mutual respect and dialogue, leads to greater learning.
  • Openness – We believe that diversity is not enough. Diversity is acknowledging that differences exist. Openness means that we are accepting of learning from and engaging with all members of our community.
  • Innovation – We challenge all Blue Hens to be bold and creative as we strive for a better world. We will be committed to progress, while recognizing the value of past experiences. Our education provides us limitless opportunities to move ourselves and others forward.
  • Engagement – We will take an active role in the life of the university, both as learners and contributing community members. We know that true growth comes from being an active and engaged participant in our experiences.
  • Mentorship – We seek to become visionary and passionate Blue Hens who understand our role in fostering society’s next generation of responsible and ethical leaders. We will build relationships that foster excellence, support, and accountability.

The full “We Are Blue Hens” values statement can be found here.

Nominees must be matriculated UD first- or second-year students in good academic and disciplinary standing. They may be from any major, may live on or off campus and are not required to demonstrate financial need. The award winner is determined by a committee comprised of UD faculty, staff and students and will be announced prior to the end of the spring semester.

All University of Delaware faculty, staff, and students may nominate a student for this award. Nominations will be accepted through May 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and must be submitted via the online form.

JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND
ADMINISTERED BY THE MARYLAND TURFGRASS ASSOCIATION

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund was initiated during the Spring of 2011 in order to honor Jim and his contributions to the Mid-Atlantic area turfgrass industry and financially support students while pursuing a college degree.

Jim worked as a salesman for Newsom Seed from the early 1990’s until soon before his passing on March 20, 2013. He made great contributions to turfgrass related businesses during this period, especially businesses involved in turf production.

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund allows for a single, annual $500.00 reward to be issued to a winning applicant prior to the fall college semester.

Completed applications, along with any essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. should be postmarked and mailed by May 31, 2018 to:

The Maryland Turfgrass Association
P.O. Box 389
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or emailed to The MTA Executive Director, Vernon Cooper; Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and The MTA Scholarship Fund Chairman, Harry Kenney; Harry.kenney@cpsagu.com.

In addition to a possible interview with one or more Maryland Turfgrass Association Board Members, the following criteria will be considered by the MTA board while deciding who will be awarded this scholarship:

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled in a full time two year Associate Degree or four year Bachelor Degree college or university program. Proof of college or university enrollment in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree program may be requested by the MTA board.
  • The applicant should reside in the Mid-Atlantic area or be enrolled in a college or university located in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • The applicant should have earned a high school or current college level GPA of at least 2.5. A transcript should be submitted along with the application.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in a turfgrass related field.
  • Preference may be given to students with experience in turf production and/or turf maintenance.
  • We ask that you provide an essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin. The essay can include how you intend to utilize your Associate or Bachelor degree.
  • A current high school and/or college level transcript and up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted with the completed application.

THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION

True Leaf Market Scholarship Opportunity

The Demetrios Agathangelides Scholarship
True Leaf Market is proud to support the agricultural sciences. Each year, we offer two $1000 scholarships to college students involved in the agricultural sciences. We encourage students in both graduate and undergraduate programs to apply for this scholarship, which will allow them to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their agriculture-related field. We want applicants to demonstrate their knowledge with confidence while fulfilling the requirements for this scholarship. Overall, our aim is to encourage students to exercise what they have learned while bettering the world around them. We offer scholarships to students in these plant science related disciplines:

  • Horticulture
  • Botany
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • All Other Plant Science related disciplines

Application deadline is July 31, 2018.  For more information visit our website: True Leaf Market

Scholarship Offered to New Jersey College Students

A $500 scholarship will be awarded this summer to a New Jersey student majoring in natural resource conservation, environmental science or a related field of study, announced the Firman E. Bear Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The Edward R. Hall/Robert R. Hanna Scholarship is awarded annually to acknowledge NJ college students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the field of conservation and/or natural resources.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 postmark

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must be:
• a full-time student in good standing at any New Jersey accredited university/college, or a New Jersey resident attending any accredited out-of-state university/college; and
• an undergraduate enrolled in a curriculum related to natural resources, including but not limited to: agriculture, agronomy, conservation, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, geography, journalism, plant science, soil science, and/or wildlife. Other areas related to conservation may also qualify; and
• have successfully completed at least two semesters of study.

TO APPLY: Go to www.njswcs.org to download application form, complete and postmark by April 30, 2018 and mail to:

Firman E. Bear Chapter, SWCS
C/O USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Ave, 4th floor
Somerset, NJ 08873

The scholarship winner will be announced by June 15, 2018.

Firman E. Bear is the New Jersey Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Mission: The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the development and application of science- based policies and practices for managing soil, water, and related natural resources in order to achieve sustainability.

Trevose Horticultural Society 2018 Scholarship Program

Trevose Horticultural Society
2018 Scholarship Program
Application Deadline March 15, 2018

 

 

 

The Trevose Horticultural Society will be awarding a One Thousand Five Hundred dollar ($1,500.) scholarship to the successful applicant, selected by the Scholarship Committee, following review of applications and other required documentation, received by March 15, 2018. An applicant must be a currently enrolled college or university student majoring in:  Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Ecology, City Planning, Land Management, Farming or related subjects.

  • Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 graded hours.
  • Graduate Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 graded hours

The application must include:

  • Scholarship Application Form
  • Financial Aid Form
  • Transcript of Grades provided by the Dean’s Office, it does not need                       be a “sealed” transcript
  • A letter not to exceed one (1) typed page from the applicant stating:              career goals, practical experience in the field of study, personal              background.
  • Additionally, you are encouraged but not required to include any letters of recommendation from academic or employment sources

 All APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 15, 2018.

ADDRESS APPLICATIONS TO: 
JOHN J. LEE
11 CREEK ROAD
CHURCHVILLE, PA 18966-1426

Notice of scholarship award will be sent to all applicants by
March 26, 2018.

THS Financial Need Form

THS Application Form