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2021/2022 Undergraduate Scholarship

The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy will award a total of $1,500 in scholarships to two eligible California residents 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

Complete the application form and upload the following documents. Applications are due by midnight January 4, 2022.

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 font. Do not include your name anywhere on the essay.
  • Your essay should be based upon your personal relationship with the field of agronomy.
  • Do not be vague: This is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Agronomy by referring to specifics from your life: internships, jobs or experiences, classwork, etc., that have been formative in guiding you down this path to Agronomy. 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 talk about this somewhere.
  • 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 form.

Academic Performance (30% of score)

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

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.

Awards Process

  1. Recipients will be notified by Tuesday, January 18, 2022, with the monetary award available after February 1.
  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 virtually on February 1-3, 2022. Recipients will receive free registration to attend the conference. Attendance at the conference is encouraged but not required.