Fall signals the return of students back to school and the re-launch of the Animal Agriculture Alliance's third annual College Aggies Online (CAO) agriculture advocacy scholarship program on October 3, 2011. This competition helps undergraduate students with a passion for agriculture become confident advocates for the industry.
Last year, approximately 600 students representing more than 50 universities participated in the CAO. On the program's private forum, accessible at http://aggiesonline.ning.com, students posted photos, responded to blogs and completed their "aggie homework" in order to earn points for themselves and their collegiate clubs.
Students with an interest in agriculture (including those who are involved in agriculture-related clubs at any college or university) are encouraged to sign up at http://aggiesonline.ning.com. Starting October 3, students will earn points by customizing their profile, uploading photos, writing blog posts, and participating in challenges outside of the network. Students are also encouraged to write opinion pieces, and host agriculture advocacy events at their school to earn more points for their club.
The final points will be tallied in April 2012 and the club with the most points will receive a $1,000 scholarship, national recognition and a trip for one representative to Washington, D.C. for the Alliance's annual Stakeholders Summit in May. Scholarships and recognition will also be awarded to the runner-up in the club competition as well as to the two top-placing individuals.