Aug. 7, 2006
Lancaster County has a new way to help county residents and support agribusiness - The County of Lancaster Agribusiness Scholarships. Offered in conjunction with the Lancaster Campus of HACC the scholarships will support up to 12 Lancaster County juniors and seniors who enroll in courses offered at the college within the agribusiness field of study while still enrolled in high school.

The dual enrollment program is a wonderful opportunity for Lancaster County students, according to Dr. Michael Klunk, executive dean/CEO at the local campus of Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

"Lancaster County's tuition support will enable the county's high school juniors and seniors to enroll in agribusiness courses at HACC's Lancaster Campus," he said. "We are prepared and look forward to receiving applications for these scholarships.

"We also acknowledge the support of the Lancaster County Commissioners and their foresight to fund the college's proposal that will help further the education and agribusiness careers of young people in Lancaster County."

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Lancaster welcomed the opportunity to partner with HACC. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Dick Shellenberger says, "The Board of Commissioners dedicate themselves to insure that Lancaster County remains a great place to live learn work and play. We welcome opportunities that promote both education and economic development, planting seeds within our youth, the future of this community."

HACC's agribusiness courses provide a solid foundation for students planning a career in this industry, which encompasses the wide range of jobs considered "from farm to fork" or agricultural processes to national and global markets.

The scholarship recipients have the opportunity to earn up to 12 credits in the fall and spring semesters that could be applied toward HACC's agribusiness associate degree program. This fall HACC's Lancaster Campus will offer introduction to agribusiness, principles of marketing and personal selling. Students have the option of taking the courses during the day or evening.

"Agribusiness students study management of food systems, economics, marketing, sustain the processes that move agricultural commodities from the field to the consumer," explained Linda LeFevre, associate dean, Business, Hospitality Engineering and Technology. "Career opportunities exist as food packaging and distribution managers, product and package designers, food safety and quality assurance managers, and agribusiness marketing, financial and service managers."

Students interested in applying for The County of Lancaster Agribusiness Scholarships must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be juniors or seniors in a Lancaster County public high school, career and technology center, private high school, or home schooled students residing in Lancaster County who are at a junior or senior level.
  • Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 or better in high school courses
  • Preference is given to the candidates planning to pursue Agribusiness Studies at HACC, either as a full-time or part-time student
  • Candidates must complete scholarship application and a 250-word essay indicating the reason they are applying for the scholarship and also their vision of the role of agriculture/agribusiness in the development of Lancaster County over the next 10 years.

    The County of Lancaster Agribusiness Scholarships cover the tuition and fees associated with the cost of the courses. Students are responsible for the $35 HACC application fee and the textbooks approximated at $65 per course. Scholarship recipients can enroll in no more than two courses each semester.

    The deadline to apply for the scholarships for the fall 2006 semester is Wednesday, August 23. For the spring 2007 semester, the deadline is Tuesday, October 31. For a complete application packet, contact Heather Collins, secondary partnership coordinator at the Lancaster Campus, at 717-358-2991 or send her an email by clicking on the email address below.

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