Call for Applications: Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships


 

Deadline: 15 may 2020

 

Requirements 

  • Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S.A as a full-time student for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Graduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S.A and enrolled for at least 9 credits for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees that funds will be utilized for school needs only, such as room and board, books, and tuition. Funds cannot be used as personal income.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees to share learnings and outcomes of supported project(s) with Annie’s and broader school community within one academic year of receiving funds. Annie’s will provide guidance on the format and delivery of these learnings at a future date.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student is invited to join network of Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholars and encouraged to participate in optional events and programs.

Supporting Documentation

  • Unofficial Transcript. Please note that we will require an official transcript if you’re chosen as a finalist.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference. These letters should be on official letterhead if from an educator at your school, and should be sent via email to scholarships@annies.com with your first and last name as the subject line.

Purpose of scholarship

At Annie’s, we recognize that agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges. We also believe that strengthening the food system from the farm up can be a promising solution to issues ranging from climate change to farmworker justice. We’re committed to supporting regenerative agriculture that protects and intentionally enhances natural resources and farm communities.

Through our Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program, we are thrilled to support students working to shape the future of the food system through the lens of three regenerative agriculture principles:

  • Building soil health,
  • Fostering aboveground biodiversity,
  • Promoting resilient farm communities.

We strive to make a positive impact through the foods we make, and we know we can’t change the food system alone. Through student scholarships, we hope to empower the next generation of food system leaders to reshape the role that agriculture plays in our environment and in our communities.

 Advancing Regenerative Agriculture

Because we believe in the power of regenerative agricultural practices to heal our planet, we require applicants to focus on one of three tracks:

[  ] Building Soil Health

Examples of how your work may tie into soil health:

  • Lab research on soil health (organic carbon, microbes, water retention, etc.)
  • Promoting certain ag practices tied to soil health outcomes, like cover cropping, crop rotations, integrated livestock grazing, etc.
  • Promoting the development/implementation of soil health measurement systems

[  ] Fostering Aboveground Biodiversity

Examples of how your work may tie into biodiversity:

  • Research on wildlife diversity in ag systems
  • Research on plant diversity (this will overlap with soil health)
  • Working with NGOs to preserve diversity in seed stocks, wildlife, etc.

[  ]  Promoting Resilient Farm Communities

Examples of how your work may tie into support for farmers:

  • Research on the economic benefits of implementing certain agricultural practices
  • Working with NGOs that provide financial/technical/emotional support to farmers
  • Policy work that empowers farmers to implement sustainable practices and generate improve profitability

(Please choose one track and detail your current or proposed work related to the track in the next section of application.

Current academic work

In a few paragraphs, please explain why you chose your academic field of study and how it relates to your selected scholarship track of building soil health, fostering aboveground biodiversity, or promoting resilient farm communities 

In a few paragraphs, please describe your specific activities, coursework, research, and/or work opportunities that help further your goals within your selected track.

In a few paragraphs, detail the specific outcomes you hope to achieve through your work.

What are the key resources, tools, and relationships you need to achieve these outcomes?

Proposed use of funds

Please describe how your scholarship funds will be used if awarded a scholarship.

Vision for future

In a few paragraphs, please describe your vision for an improved food system.

How will you work to achieve this vision? How will this scholarship help you?

Personal Statement

We want to hear your personal story! In a few paragraphs, tell us how you first became interested in sustainable agriculture, your unique challenges and abilities, or anything else that sets you apart and will help us to know you better.  

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