Money is the main reason students can’t study post-secondary education. Most summer and part-time jobs available to high-school and undergraduate students do not pay enough to cover all the costs they face each year; the average costs for an undergraduate university degree and various living expenses total over $11,000 annually. And that’s only for students who manage to find summer jobs. Fortunately there are financial aids, which are actually quite plentiful and accessible to every student. However, students don’t take the time to apply for them, often because they are not aware that these aids exist, or think that they wouldn’t qualify.
Recently, CABEF announced that this year’s graduating high school students interested in pursuing an agricultural education will have the opportunity to win $2500 in scholarship money. Still think you’re not going to be awarded enough scholarship money? My best friend applied for over 60 bursaries, grants, and scholarships for her first year of university, and received over $13,000, and also received $10,000 for her third year alone. She applied for everything she thought she would and wouldn’t qualify for; she got many of the awards because nobody else applied for the money. And because she made enough money to fully pay for her education’s tuition and living expenses, she was able to buy a new car for fourth year.
I think scholarships and other financial aids should be a main strategic part in getting more people to study agriculture. If someone told you that you could not only be pretty much guaranteed a great job out of post-secondary school if you studied agriculture, but that you would have to pay significantly less money (or any money at all) to do so than to study anything else? It just takes effort and dedication, and organizations like CABEF make the process so rewarding.
This post has been re-posted here at TheNerdyAg.wordpress.com, initially published by the same author at a different URL. Original Posting Date: November 24, 2013