When:
May 1, 2017 all-day
2017-05-01T00:00:00-04:00
2017-05-02T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Westmoreland Co. Extension Office
Montross
VA 22520
USA

2017 Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association Scholarship Program
This scholarship program is offered by the Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association, Inc., to promote the agricultural educational endeavors of individuals within the service area of the Association. The program goals are:
 To identify and assist deserving youth in their educational activities in post secondary education at an accredited institution of higher learning with major areas of study and course work in agriculture and its many related fields of study.
 Reward deserving youth and recognize their activities and accomplishments in academics, leadership, community service, community group involvement, athletics and other extracurricular accomplishments.
Awards
1st Place – $5000.00
2nd Place – $3000.00
3rd Place – $2000.00
Announcements will be made at high school graduations or after such time in the case of college student awards. Funds disbursement will take place upon receipt by the Treasurer of the NNVGA of a bill from the eligible institution on behalf of the award recipient. The funds will be kept in a special account until such time as it is to be disbursed in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service. The recipient has until the completion of their 24th year to use these funds to meet their qualifying/stated educational goals. Should such situations occur that preclude the timely and intended use of these funds, any and all balances will revert back to the NNVGA Scholarship fund for disbursement to future applicants. There will be, under no circumstances, any other uses or transfers of these funds to individuals, other parties and/or other uses not covered by the stated goals and intent of this program.
Eligibility
Age: 18-24
Winner may not re-apply. 2nd and 3rd Place Winners are eligible to re-apply.
Applicants must be at least a high school senior or beyond to apply.
Awards are for the pursuit of post secondary degrees (associates, bachelors, trade school certification) at accredited institutions in agriculture but do not apply to post graduate course work.
Preference will be given to individuals who are members of or are family members of members of the NNVGA, Inc. Membership is not required.
Applicants must be a resident of one of the following counties unless they are immediate family members (i.e. son or daughter) of an NNVGA producer member. In such cases, the geographic criteria are waived.
In Virginia: Caroline, Essex, Hanover, Gloucester, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Westmoreland
In Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, St. Mary’s
Family members of officers and directors of the NNVGA are eligible to apply.
Selection Procedure
The NNVGA Scholarship committee will review all applications and their decision will be final. The following scoring outline will be used to evaluate the components of the application.
Academic Performance 30%
Leadership 10%
Community Involvement 10%
Employment Experience 15%
Other Achievements 10%
Written Statement 15%
Letters of Recommendation 10%
Personal Interviews: will be conducted with the top five (5) candidates resulting from the above evaluation process. Applicants will be notified by email with a follow-up email to verify the appointment for the interview. Scores resulting from the interviews will be added to the above scores to determine the eventual winner.
Membership Preference: all other criteria considered equal, membership status of the applicant and/or their family will be considered with preference being granted to the NNVGA affiliated applicant. For those applicants outside the designated service area, production membership in good standing shall suffice as a geographic substitute and qualify the applicant for all due consideration and any awards.

For more information and an application call the Westmoreland County Extension Office at 804-493-8924 or email sromelcz@vt.edu. 

Application Due Monday, May 8, 2017 by 5 p.m., at NNVGA Scholarship Program, c/o Westmoreland County Extension Office, P.O. Box 8, 18849 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 22520.  Applications must be physically in the office, no electronic transmissions accepted.

Only original application materials will be accepted. No faxed copies accepted in lieu of original materials. Be sure to assemble the package in an orderly fashion and to include all the materials outlined on the application.
Photographs
Please include a photograph (head and shoulder shot) suitable for publication should the applicant be successful.
Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association
Scholarship Application
Program Goals:
 To identify and assist deserving youth in their educational activities in post secondary education at an accredited institution of higher learning with major areas of study and course work in agriculture and its many related fields of study. Reward deserving youth and recognize their activities and accomplishments in academics, leadership, community service, community group involvement, athletics and other extracurricular accomplishments.
Application Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017 by 5 p.m. – All application materials are due, in original form, to: NNVGA Scholarship Program, c/o Westmoreland County Extension Office, P O Box 8, 18849 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 22520.