2021 Edward A. Platz Memorial Scholarship

The New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is continuing the scholarship program initiated by the New Jersey Agribusiness Association in memory of Edward A. Platz. This program promotes the tri-state area’s Agriculture and Green Industry students and assists them with their education.
Edward A. Platz is the founder of Plant Food Company, Inc. (originated under a different name) in 1946. He was very involved in the Turfgrass and Agriculture Industry, starting the first Liquid Fertilizer Formulation Company in the state. Mr. Platz passed in 1977.

Eligibility
Applicants to the New Jersey Green Industry Council Scholarship Program must be…
· Enrolled at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States when receiving the scholarship
· Possess an academic rank of sophomore, junior, or senior at that time
· Applicant must be majoring in an Agriculture or Green Industry subject area (i.e. Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Ornamental Horticulture, Golf Management, Nursery, etc., or related field)
· New Jersey resident
· Demonstrate an intention of pursuing a career in production, agriculture, or the Green Industry

Awards
The NJGIC will award two (2) $1500.00 scholarships in memory of Edward A. Platz. Payment will be made September 23rd at the NJGIC Annual Golf Classic at Forsgate Country Club. Attendance is not a considering factor in determining the scholarship awardees.

Procedures and Deadlines
Applicants must submit the following…
· Completed application
· Official copy of transcripts from all colleges attended
· Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one academic letter. Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the Executive Director of NJGIC.
· A 1-2-page typed essay stating current education and career goals
· A one-paragraph answer to the following question, “What has been your most important extra-curricular activity, your most important contribution to it, and what has your participation in it meant to you as an individual?”
· All information must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 3, 2021.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school, community, and personal activities, honors, statement of education and career goals, and an outside appraisal.
Final selection of recipients is made by the NJGIC Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the selection by June 4, 2021.

Revisions
NJGIC Board of Directors reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the Scholarship Program and make appropriate changes at any time.

Additional Information
Questions regarding the NJGIC Scholarship Program as well as all applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Buddy Freund
NJGIC Executive Director
PO Box 166
Succasunna, NJ 07876
buddy@govisionstrong.com
609-403-0906
973-557-8674 (c)

Platz Scholarship Application

National Dairy Board Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Applications are being accepted for college scholarships that are awarded by America’s dairy farmers and importers through the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

Eleven scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded, as well as a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff program.

Undergraduate students in their sophomore through senior year for the 2021-2022 academic school year and majoring in one of the following fields are eligible: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agriculture education.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. Candidates must complete an application form, submit an official transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences.

Applications can be found at www.usdairy.com/about-us/dmi/scholarship

Completed applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Questions about the program can be submitted to ndbscholarships@dairy.org

Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND
ADMINISTERED BY:
 TURFGRASS PRODUCERS
OF MARYLAND


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 award 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 05/31/2021 to:
Turfgrass Producers of Maryland
P.O. Box 389
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund
And/or email to: Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and/or Harry.kenney@nutrien.com

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

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled full time in a 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.
  • An essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin that should 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

Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers 2021 Agronomy Scholarship Now Open

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to college students pursuing a degree in plant sciences, soil science, or agronomy. Recipients will also have the opportunity to take the CCA Exam, free of cost after graduation.

Applicants must be a resident of or attending a college or university in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, or West Virginia). Applicants must be pursuing a career in plant or soil sciences, agronomy, or an agriculture-related field.
Scholarship funding is provided by the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career that would lead them to become a certified crop adviser or certified professional agronomist. Given the declining number of students enrolled in agronomy related programs in our region, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers believes it is important to encourage students to consider careers in agronomy by supporting their educational needs through financial support.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Scholarship Committee will select scholarship recipients, with all personal information redacted, based on the student’s agronomic background, relevant field involvement, financial need, grade point average, agronomic related studies, career goals, and extra-curricular activities.
Interested students should mail or email a completed application to be received by February 19th. An electronic version of the application can be downloaded from www.midatlanticcca.org. For information, contact Jenell Eck at jenell.mdag@gmail.com or 443-262-8491.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser (MAACA) Board administers the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. The MACCA program is administered by the regional board in association with the American Society of Agronomy, which handles similar programs for specialists in agronomy, crop consulting, weed science, and other agricultural disciplines. Learn more about MACCA on our website and follow along on Facebook.

NCGA Accepting Applications for 2020 Scholarships

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five $1,500 scholarships are available to all undergraduate college students regardless of major.

To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Not a member? Don’t worry! Many state corn associations have an inexpensive student membership fee and you can join online at https://membership.ncga.com/mobile/member.html.

Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Students may apply for membership at NCGA.com.

Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020. 

The application is available here: http://www.ncga.com/scholarships

National Dairy Board Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for college scholarships that are awarded by America’s dairy farmers and importers through the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

Eleven scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded, in addition to a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff program.

Undergraduate students in their sophomore through senior year for the 2020-21 academic school year and majoring in one of the following fields are eligible: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agriculture education.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. Candidates must complete an application form, submit an official transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences.

Applications can be found at www.dairy.org/about-dmi/scholarship-program

Completed applications must be received no later than May 22, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Questions about the program can be submitted to ndbscholarships@dairy.org

The American Floral Endowment is now accepting applications for 2020 AFE Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for 24 different scholarships through the American Floral Endowment (AFE)., junior, senior and graduate students studying floriculture and horticulture must submit their applications online by the May 1 deadline.

Scholarships range from $500 to $6,000.

In 2019, the Endowment awarded more than $42,300 in scholarships.
“AFE strives to support the next generation of industry members in any way we can. One of the ways we do this is through awarding scholarships to help ease their financial burdens,” said Greg Royer, Chairman of Royers Flowers & Gifts and AFE Education Committee Chair.

More than 24 scholarships are awarded to assist students in pursuing a career in horticulture or floriculture. Scholarships are available for students interested in:

  • Marketing/Sales
  • Agribusiness
  • Floral Design
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Floriculture Research/Education
  • And more!

Descriptions of each scholarship, along with the undergraduate and graduate applications and requirements, are available at endowment.org/scholarships.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by May 1.
To apply online and read about AFE’s 2019 scholarship recipients, visit endowment.org

The American Floral Endowment is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the floriculture and horticulture industry through funding research, educational grants and scholarships. Since 1961, more than $16 million has been funded in research and educational projects, and more than $3 million has been funded in scholarships and internships designed to attract and retain the future leaders of the industry. To learn more about AFE or how you can support floriculture programs, visit www.endowment.org.If you would like more information about this please contact AFE.

American Floral Endowment
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314afe@endowment.org | www.endowment.org
Phone: (703) 838-5211 | Fax: (703) 838-5212Contact: Debi Chedester
(703) 838-5211 | dchedester@afeendowment.org