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Irrigation Foundation Scholarship Program

In an effort to support its mission to promote careers in irrigation, the Irrigation Foundation has launched a new annual Irrigation Scholarship Program.

By providing financial support toward the education of worthy scholarship candidates, the program will promote the study of careers in the irrigation field, benefit the community through a better educated workforce, reveal the ever- expanding irrigation industry to scholarship candidates, and strengthen the Foundation through a direct link to education.

The scholarship will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 based on candidates’ letters of intent, financial need, reference letters, resumes and transcripts.

In order to meet the eligibility requirements, applicants must be currently enrolled (undergraduate or graduate) at a U.S. technical or vocational school, community college, university or similar institution of higher learning and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must have taken or currently be enrolled in a class with an irrigation-related curriculum and have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average, based on a 4.0 scale. They must also demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 15, 2017, via an online application process. The winners will be announced by April 1, 2017. To apply and for additional information, visit

Please contact Foundation Director Janine Sparrowgrove (janinesparrowgrove@; 703.536.7080) with any questions.

Faculty Academy — Save the Date

The Irrigation Foundation is offering both agriculture and landscape versions of its well-regarded Irrigation Faculty Academy again in 2017. Save the dates!

2016 E3 Learners and Leaders

The Agriculture Faculty Academy will be held at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln Extension in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 8 – 9, with a manufacturer tour of T-L Irrigation.

The Landscape Faculty Academy, June 15 – 16, will be located at the Horticulture Services of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and include a tour of the irrigation at Disney properties.

Irrigation E3 Program

The 2016 Irrigation E3 Program sent 23 E3 Learners (students) and three E3 Leaders (instructors) to the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas this past December. They focused on the three E’s as they relate to the irrigation industry: exposure, experience and education.

The Toro Company has sponsored the program since its inception in 2012, and during the show, they presented the Foundation with a $20,000 check for the 2017 Irrigation E3 Program. Ewing Irrigation will co-sponsor the event in 2017, also at the $20,000 level. Through these sponsorships, irrigation E3 Learners and Leaders will receive an education and travel award for the 2017 Irrigation Show.

Excellence in Education Award

The Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Education Award. The award recognizes

“I had a great experience attending the 2016 Irrigation Show. It offered an incredible breadth and depth of offerings, from the educational classes to the technical sessions and seminars. I saw an immense diversity in companies and products within the irrigation industry. The networking opportunities unveiled many career opportunities that I hadn’t considered or even knew about.”

Gilbert Young, Utah State University, 2016 E3 Learner

a person who is actively teaching, or has formerly taught, irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with a two- or four-year institution. This person helps supply the irrigation industry with educated professionals who provide efficient irrigation solutions that protect water and the environment.

Students and colleagues are invited to nominate educators who have inspired those around them; nominations must be submitted by May 15. The recipient will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 6 – 10, in Orlando, Florida.

A nomination form can be found at 13

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