Sacramento County Farm Bureau Scholarships Now Available

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG)  |  By Bill Baird, SCFB

Four Scholarship Awards Offered to Sacramento County Students

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Farm Bureau (SCFB) Foundation for Agricultural Education and Sacramento County Young Farmers & Ranchers are pleased to once again offer scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing college degrees or careers in technical fields that are related to agriculture or food production or preparation. This financial award is based upon scholastic achievement, leadership experiences, career goals and agricultural and community involvement.

"This is a significant investment in the education of Sacramento County students who are pursuing degrees that are either directly related to agriculture or a field that supports agriculture," said SCFB Executive Director Bill Bird. "The Foundation for Agricultural Education has awarded nearly $150,000 worth of scholarships to deserving students since it was formed in 2000."

Four scholarship programs are offered:

Scholastic Scholarship: Applicants must be a current or former student of Sacramento County schools (or students who have a permanent residence in Sacramento County) who plan to pursue (or are currently pursuing) a post-secondary education. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores or juniors are eligible to apply.

Child of an Agricultural Employee Scholarship: Available to high school seniors whose parents or guardians are non-owner/operators, employed within production agriculture in Sacramento County. It is not intended for children of farmowners or ag related business owners.

Career Technical Scholarship: Career technical fields considered under this application should be in an agricultural related or food related field. This may include, but is not limited to, careers in: Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Diesel, Heavy Equipment, Vet Tech, Welding, and much more.

Young Farmers & Ranchers Agricultural Scholarship: This financial award is based on agricultural involvement, leadership skills, scholastic achievement, career goals, and a personal interview. The ideal candidate for this scholarship is a well-rounded student who has a genuine passion for agriculture.

More detailed eligibility requirements and application instructions are available on the SCFB website at the Foundation for for Agricultural Education page and Young Farmers and Ranchers page. Applications may be submitted online. Questions can also be directed to the Farm Bureau office (916) 685 6958 or staff@sacfarmbureau.org. All applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 or submitted online by 5:00 PM on April 1, 2018.

Sacramento County farmers put food on your fork.  Our agricultural operations and products are as diverse as the lands we carefully manage.  We are proud to provide healthy, fresh food for your family and ours.  We invite you to join our efforts to protect Sacramento County's agriculture, rural character, and our ability to produce local, high-quality food for your table.