Special to the Opelika Observer
High school seniors and college students should act quickly to apply for thousands of dollars in scholarship money through two programs. Jan. 31 is the deadline to apply for both the Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program and the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF) Program.
In its sixth year, the Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program will award 100 scholarships worth $1,000 to students studying at an Alabama college, university or technical school. Applicants must be Alabama Farmers Federation members. Visit AlfaInsurance.com for a link to the application.
Through the AFAF Scholarship Program, one student per county may be awarded a $1,750 scholarship. To apply, the student must be seeking an agriculture- or forestry-related degree from Auburn University or Alabama A&M University.
Visit AlfaFarmers.org and click on the scholarship banner for details about the AFAF Scholarship Program. Applicants must have a Federation membership or be a dependent of a Federation member. Auburn students should also apply for the scholarship through AUSOM (Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager).
While a recent report shows a small percentage of students consider studying agriculture or forestry, those jobs are in high demand. More than 20,000 agriculture-related jobs go unfilled each year, according to a recent job report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For details on career opportunities in agriculture, go to AlfaYoungFarmers.org and click on “Ag Careers Booklet” on the right sidebar.