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UW Farm & Industry Short Course Scholarship Apps Due April 20
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/11/2012

Scholarships worth $135,000 will be awarded to students attending the Farm and Industry Short Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences this year. Program Director Ted Halbach says applications for those scholarships are due April 20 to be considered in the first round of awards.

Any student eligible for Short Course and who submits financial information on their Short Course admission application will be taken into account for a scholarship. Almost three-quarters of last year's applicants qualified for scholarships averaging a little over $1000 per student. They are awarded on academic performance, need, leadership and activities.

Halbach said that many local scholarships are also available for supporting Short Course attendance.

"CALS offers the one- or two-year short course program to high school graduates interested in farming or Wisconsin's many other agricultural industries," he says. "The program runs from November to April and has an average enrollment of 135 students."

The program's instructional goals emphasize a combination of cutting edge knowledge and hands-on experience, taught by faculty and staff, many of whom also teach in the four-year undergraduate program.

Over 50 courses are offered annually in the areas of soils, crops, dairy, meat animals, general livestock, agricultural engineering and agricultural economics. Students may earn a one-year or two-year certificate requiring 20 or 40 credits, respectively, or they may pursue a specialty certificate in one of six areas: Crop and Soil Management, Dairy Farm Management, Farm Mechanics, Farm Service and Supply, Meat Animals, or Pasture-Based Dairy and Livestock.

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