The Murray Wise Associates Foundation Scholarship Application

To the Scholarship Applicant:

The Murray Wise Associates Foundation was created and funded to ensure that top students with leadership potential who wish to pursue careers in agriculture can do so. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing scholarship funds to college students. Awards will be based on demonstrated scholastic ability; leadership in school, church and community activities; and commitment to agriculture or related fields. Scholarship amounts will vary, but will generally be renewable annually for up to four years. The guidelines for the scholarships and the responsibilities to which recipients must agree are as follows:

I. Who is Eligible?

  1. The applicant must be a senior in high school accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university, or community college in a course of study related to agriculture or agribusiness. Students already enrolled in such institutions and courses of study may also apply.
  2. The applicant must be a full time student and complete at least 12 hours per semester to qualify for and maintain the scholarship.
  3. The applicant must submit a completed application and all qualifying documentation no later than March 31st for consideration for the fall semester.
  4. Dependents of the Members of the Board of Directors or the Executive Director of the Foundation are not eligible.

II. What Are the Qualifying Criteria? Who makes the selection?

  1. Selection will be based on academic qualifications, community and school involvement, and leadership potential. Academic qualifications will be evidenced by grade point, class rank and college entrance examination scores. Each applicant will provide a resume of community involvement and two references attesting to character and capacity to excel in the field of agriculture. The applicants' character, reputation and integrity, as demonstrated in school and in their personal lives, will be assessed via references and/or direct inquiry.
  2. Selection will be made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. It is possible that personal interviews will be requested of applicants. The Board is not committed to a specific number of scholarships or a particular dollar amount to award. Rather, each successful applicant will be reviewed individually and an offer made based on the Board's assessment of qualifications.
  3. The applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in and intention of entering a career in agriculture or a closely related field upon graduation. Scholarship funds will be available only so long as the student remains in an acceptable curriculum.

III. Awards and Responsibilities

  1. Scholarship funds will be delivered directly to the student and may be used to fund any expenses related to attendance at the college of choice. The size of the awards will vary, but successful applicants may anticipate a minimum of $1,000 per academic year. Higher amounts may be issued at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
  2. Scholarships will generally be issued on an annually renewable basis. In order to qualify for continuing awards, the student must maintain a cumulative grade point average acceptable to the Board. Successful applicants will also be asked to submit periodic written reports of their progress.

IV. How to Apply

Complete this application by March 31, 2018. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your most current academic transcript and two letters of reference from unrelated individuals.


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