Ancilla College has announced two new scholarships for students interested in earning degrees in the school's two agriculture programs. Ancilla is opening the scholarships for students who are members of the Future Farmers of America. The FFA is an high school and college-level student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.
Students will need to go online at Ancilla's website and complete an application and request a letter of support from their high school's FFA adviser. Students need to have a grade of 'B' or better (a 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) to be awarded the scholarship.
A second scholarship, the Ancilla FFA Leadership Award, is a competitive scholarship program also open to FFA members.
The FFA Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to three students selected for $2,000, $1,000 or $500 annual awards (renewable).
Students will produce a video on "Why Agriculture is Important" no more than 10 minutes long, explaining why they want to pursue a degree in Agriculture. The video should be produced by the student but can include high school FFA peers, teachers, and family members. Awardees will be selected for first, second, and third place scholarships, by Ancilla College faculty and a select award committee, based on the presentation of ideas and goals, originality, and clarity.
All scholarships are paid with the understanding that the money will be used for Ancilla College tuition, fees, books, and equipment required for classes to attain a degree in Agriculture (Animal Science or Crop Science) from Ancilla College. A complete list of criteria and scholarship applications are available online at www.ancilla.edu/ffa. The deadline to apply is June 2nd. Scholarships will be awarded in early June.
The Ancilla FFA Scholarships can be used to help pay tuition at Ancilla College and can be combined with regional, state fair, state and national FFA scholarships. Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation.
Ancilla is launching a new animal science degree this year, designed to teach students about animal biology and genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, and the management of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, and horses.
The new animal science program will also feature Boer goat development, physiology, and management. The school received a donation of Boar goats this spring and they have already been producing offspring (called kids) that students are taking care of.