To encourage study and careers in soil and water conservation related fields, GACD administers two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship each year. The scholarships are given to students majoring in, or intending to major in, a soil and water conservation related area. Acceptable areas of study include, but are not limited to, agricultural education, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, and agricultural communications.
The applicant may be a high school senior, or a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student from Georgia at any accredited college, school, or university in the United States. Applicants in their first semester of college should send their high school transcript and proof of college enrollment. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 and be in need of financial assistance. There will be no discrimination on basis of race, sex, or religion. A candidate may submit one application to be reviewed for all three scholarships, but he/she can only receive one of the three awards per year. An individual may not compete for a scholarship that he or she has won in past years. However, he or she may compete for the other scholarships. The scholarship payments are disbursed according to the fund.
The GACD Scholarship winner is selected by the Scholarship Committee. The awardee is recognized at the GACD Annual Meeting in January. Disbursements will be made in two payments of $500.00 paid to the student upon receipt of proof of satisfactory completion of each of two semesters of full-time academic work.