Agriculture Scholarship

The Agriculture Scholarship Award

Trinity United Methodist Church in Emmitsburg, MD awards several scholarships annually to promising young people who are attending college. These are the Trinity United Methodist Church – Jay C. Long Faith and Service Scholarships (two $2,000 awards annually) and the Trinity United Methodist Church – Jay C. Long Agriculture Scholarship (one $2,000 award annually).

In tribute to the agricultural career Mr. Jay C. Long, a local farmer, Trinity United Methodist Church seeks to support the education of local students who are pursuing the study of agriculture or its related fields (agricultural science, forestry, soil science, husbandry, animal care and management, aquaculture, agricultural economics, etc.)

Eligibility

  1. Citizenship: Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.

  2. Residency: Applicants must be a legal resident of one of the following zip codes (21727, 21788, 21778, 21780, or 17320). Residency requirement pertains to permanent residence rather than college residence.

  3. Age: Applicants must be under 23 years of age as of the deadline date.

  4. Senior Standing or College Enrolled: At the time of application, applicants must be a college-bound high school senior or enrolled in an agriculture-related major at a 2-year or 4-year college, specifically:

    1. A high school senior (public, private, or home schooled) and accepted into a regionally-accredited, not-for-profit, post-secondary institution (4-yr or 2-yr), including public or private college/university, post-secondary vocational school, or post-secondary technical school.

    2. First-, second-, or third-year undergraduate enrolled in a regionally-accredited, not-for-profit post-secondary institution (4-yr or 2-yr) and planning to enroll the following year in an agriculture-related major such as agricultural science, soil science, forestry, husbandry, animal care and management, aquaculture, agricultural economics, among others.

  5. GPA: Applicants for an initial agriculture scholarship or a renewal scholarship must earn and maintain a cumulative, unweighted minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

  6. Scholarship Renewal: An individual may receive an agricultural scholarship up to 4 times. For scholarship renewal consideration, applicants must submit a complete application each year the award renewal is sought.

  7. Preference: The Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC) Scholarship Committee may give preference for one scholarship to active members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Emmitsburg, MD.

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants for the TUMC - Jay C. Long Agriculture Scholarship are those who show a strong commitment to a career or vocation in the area of agriculture.  Therefore, application materials must demonstrate how the following selection criteria are met:

  • Interest in an Agricultural Career: Description of your career interests in an agriculture-related field and why agriculture or that field is important to society.

  • Agriculture Experience: Demonstrate your interest in agriculture by describing your involvement in Future Farmers of America, 4-H or similar activity.

  • Academic Success: A strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and positive recommendation by educator.

Recipients of these educational awards are selected at the sole discretion of the TUMC Scholarship Committee based on these selection criteria.

Award Notification

Successful applicants will be notified in writing no later than 15 June 2018.  Awardees must formally accept the scholarship in writing within two weeks of the notification letter’s postmark. A parent or guardian must accept the award on behalf of an awardee who is under the age of 18.

Award Disbursement

Scholarship awardees will be invited to attend a ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church where they will be recognized for their achievements.

Scholarship funds will be disbursed to awardees (or to the parent or guardian of an awardee who is under the age of 18) on or after 1 September providing the following conditions have been met:

  1. Written acceptance of the scholarship has been received.

  2. Verification of Enrollment has been submitted and received by the TUMC Scholarship Committee.  The verification of enrollment requirement is met by submitting one (1) of the following:

    1. A copy of a paid tuition receipt on university letterhead and signed by a university official;

    2. A letter from the registrar’s office on university letterhead signed by the registrar or his/her designee stating that the student is enrolled at the post-secondary institution in the current academic year.

    3. A letter from a university official (e.g., Department Chair, Dean, or Provost) on university letterhead signed by the university official stating that the student is currently enrolled at the post-secondary institution.

Acceptable Uses of Award Funds

Scholarship Funds may be used for tuition, room, board, fees, school-related travel, research, and school-related supplies. Typically, scholarships awarded and used for educational purposes, are not taxable. However, consult your tax accountant or the IRS for assistance.

If the Scholarship awardee fails to enroll in a post-secondary institution or withdraws during the award year, Trinity United Methodist Church shall be notified in writing. If separation occurs prior to the mid-point of the enrollment year, a pro-rated reimbursement is requested. If the awardee’s separation date occurs after the mid-point of the enrollment year, no reimbursement shall be requested.

All awarded scholarships are subject to revocation, as determined by Trinity United Methodist Church scholarship committee, based on erroneous application information, personal misconduct that results in suspension or expulsion from the post-secondary institution, or failure to meet the minimum grade (GPA) standard set in the Eligibility section.

How to Apply

A complete application package includes:

  1. A completed Scholarship Application Form (click HERE to download the form).

  2. Essay on Service - The essay (500 words maximum) must answer this question: Beyond food production, how does agriculture benefit people and society?

  3. Two Letters of Recommendation: One of the letters, at least, should affirm the applicant’s academic success. A digital (scanned) copy of each signed letter should be sent as an email attachment from the reference directly to tumcscholarship@gmail.com). Alternatively, original letters on paper may be mailed from the reference directly to the application address below. Letters must be signed and must be written by an adult (18 years or older) who is not a relative of the applicant.

  4. Transcript: Unofficial and official transcripts are acceptable but it must be on letterhead and must report the current grade point average. Transcripts may be submitted with the application or sent under separate cover.

  5. Verification of Residency: Verification of residency can be met by submitting a one of the following (scans and photocopies are acceptable):

    1. Voter registration
    2. Driver’s license
    3. Government issued (US or state) photo ID
    4. Notarized affidavit of residency
    5. Utility bill (utility must be in name of applicant and within 2 months of application submission)

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will not be returned.

Submission Deadline [Deadline Extended!]

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on 18 June 2018. Only applications submitted before this deadline will be considered. If submitting by mail, the materials must be postmarked no later than the deadline date.

How to Submit Your Application

Send application materials in digital format as email attachments to: tumcscholarship@gmail.com (preferred method).

Or mail paper copies of application materials to:

Scholarship Committee
Trinity United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 226
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-919
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History of the Scholarship

In 1999, a TUMC member and local farmer, Jay C. Long  (1920 – 1999), bequeathed his farm to the church. A few years later, the farm was sold and proceeds were put into an endowment fund and designated for missions and service programs. One mechanism by which Trinity fulfills the goals of this endowment fund and honors the fund’s benefactor is by offering faith-based volunteer and service educational scholarships. Trinity United Methodist Church Jay C. Long Faith and Service Scholarships and the Trinity United Methodist Church Jay C. Long Agriculture Scholarship are awards that are conferred annually to young people who have dedicated themselves to actively manifesting their Christian faith through service to others.