2013 Scholarship Application Available

Virginia Soybean Association Scholarship Programs
These scholarship programs are offered by the Virginia Soybean Association, to one undergraduate and one graduate student, to promote the agricultural educational endeavors of individuals within the service area of the Association.  The program goals are:

To identify and assist deserving youth in their educational activities in post secondary education at Virginia Tech University, Virginia State University, and Ferrum College with major areas of study in Plant Pathology Weed Science, Entomology, or Crop and Soil Environmental Science.

Reward deserving youth and recognize their activities and accomplishments in academics, leadership, community service, community group involvement, athletics and other extracurricular accomplishments.

Applicant for the Undergraduate Scholarship must be entering their Sophomore year or higher in good standings with the University or College.

Applicant for the Graduate Scholarship must be in good standing with the University or College.

Award                 $1000 Per Scholarship

Fund disbursement will take place upon receipt by the Treasurer of the Virginia Soybean Association of a bill from the eligible institution on behalf of the award recipient. The recipient has until the completion of their 24th year to use these funds to meet their qualifying/stated educational goals.  Should such situations occur that preclude the timely and intended use of these funds, any and all balances will revert back to the Virginia Soybean Association Scholarship fund for disbursement to future applicants.  There will be, under no circumstances, any other uses or transfers of these funds to individuals, other parties and/or other uses not covered by the stated goals and intent of this program.

Eligibility

Undergraduate:

Age: 18-24

Winner may not re-apply.

Applicants must be at least an entering sophomore or beyond to apply for the undergraduate scholarship.

Awards are for the pursuit of post secondary degrees (associates, bachelors), at the above accredited institutions in agriculture.

Resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Graduate Program:

Age: 18 minimum

Winner may not re-apply

Applicant must be admitted/registered at Virginia Tech University, Virginia State University, or Ferrum College in Graduate Ag fields listed above to qualify.

Family members of officers and directors of the Virginia Soybean  Association are eligible to apply.

Selection Procedure

The Virginia Soybean Association Scholarship committee will review all applications and their decision will be final.  The following scoring outline will be used to evaluate the components of the application.

Academic Performance                                   50%

Leadership                                                       10%

Community Involvement                                10%

Employment Experience                                 10%

Other Achievements                                       10%

Written Statement                                           10%

Personal Interviews: May be conducted resulting from the above evaluation process.  Applicants will be notified by phone with a follow-up letter to verify the appointment for an interview.  Interview scores resulting from the interviews (if held)  will be added to the above scores to determine the eventual winner.

Membership Preference:  all other criteria considered equal, membership status of the applicant and/or their family will be considered with preference being granted to the Virginia Soybean Association affiliated applicant.

Application

Due May 31, 2013 by 5 p.m. at Virginia Soybean Association Scholarship Program, c/o Virginia Soybean Association, 151 Kristiansand Drive, Suite 115 E, Williamsburg, Va. 23188.  Only original application materials will be accepted.  No faxed copies accepted in lieu of original materials. Be sure to assemble the package in an orderly fashion and to include all the materials outlined on the application. Cumulative Grade point average transcripts must be forwarded and include the Spring semester of 2013.

Photographs

Please include a photograph (head and shoulder shot) suitable for publication should the applicant be successful.

Virginia Soybean Association

Scholarship Application

Program Goals:

To identify and assist deserving youth in their educational activities in post secondary education at (Virginia Tech University, Virginia State University, or Ferrum College) with major areas of study and course work in Plant Pathology Weed Science, Entomology, and Crop & Soil Environmental Science. Reward deserving youth and recognize their activities and accomplishments in academics, leadership, community service, community group involvement, athletics and other extracurricular accomplishments.         

Application Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5 p.m. – All application materials are due in original form to: Virginia Soybean Association, 151 Kristiansand Drive, Suite 115, Williamsburg, Va. 23188.