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2022/2023 Undergraduate Scholarship

The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy will award a scholarship to an eligible California resident currently enrolled in a degree program in crop production, plant science, soil science, agronomy or a related science field.


Applicants must:

  1. Be an undergraduate of at least sophomore-level standing and be enrolled full-time the semester or quarter of the award or the semester or quarter immediately following the award.
  2. Be a resident of California and be enrolled in a California college or university.
  3. Hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) calculated through the last quarter or semester prior to application.

Application Instructions

DEADLINE: Applications are due by midnight January 13, 2023. Complete the application form and upload the following documents:

1. Autobiographical Essay (40% of score)

  • Provide an autobiographical essay on a single page according to the instructions below.
  • Use single spacing and Arial font no smaller than 11 pt. Do not include your name anywhere on the essay.
  • Your essay should describe your goals and achievements in contribution to environmental stewardship and conservation in agronomy or related field of study.
  • This is your opportunity to demonstrate your path of personal and professional development by referring to specifics from your life: internships, jobs or experiences, class work, etc., that have been formative in guiding you down your career path. Be detailed. Focus on describing your past experiences in reference to any future plans and/or goals you have. Any future plans described should be well supported by past experiences and choices, as described in your essay. If you have specified a focus in your studies in the application, e.g. plant breeding or precision agriculture, your essay should discuss details about your focus.
  • Your essay should be well-written with good grammar and punctuation, and must follow the formatting guidelines specified above.
  • The essay should be submitted in PDF format.

2. Academic Performance (30% of score)

Provide transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Unofficial transcripts or photocopies are acceptable but must be clearly legible.

3. Two Letters of Recommendation (30% of score)

At least one letter must be from a college or university faculty member and the other from an agricultural industry employer or leader. Letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline (January 13, 2023). Letters should be emailed directly from the reference to cmculumber@ucanr.edu or submitted on this Letters of Recommendation form by the reference directly. Letters emailed or uploaded by the applicant will not be accepted.

Awards Process

  1. Recipients will be notified by Friday, January 20, 2023, with the monetary award available after the conference.
  2. Scholarship funds will be released upon selection and proof of enrollment. 
  3. Scholarship recipients are required to report the monetary amount of the award to the financial aid department of the academic institution in which they are enrolled.
  4. All scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual California Plant & Soil Conference, which will be held on February 7-8, 2023. Recipients will receive free registration to attend the conference. Attendance at the conference is encouraged but not required.