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Blackhawk Tech offers agribusiness, nursing scholarships; deadline Dec. 9
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JANESVILLE - Improving the quality of rural life by providing more educational opportunities for technical college students is just one of the reasons the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation has partnered with the Wisconsin Technical College System to offer $17,000 in scholarships to WTCS students for the 2016-17 school year, according to a news release.

The scholarships are designed to defray the costs for full-time and part-time students in nursing or agriculture programs. Blackhawk Technical College students in the following programs are eligible to apply for awards of $500 each: agribusiness specialist, agribusiness/science technology, farm business and production management, nursing or nursing assistant.

A total of 34 scholarships will be available for 2016-17. BTC students can apply now for the awards by filling out the application at, within the news tab of the site's homepage. Applications must be completed and submitted to the BTC financial aid office no later than Dec. 9.

Students eligible for the scholarships must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a Wisconsin resident and enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible Wisconsin technical college program.

• Must apply for financial aid. Financial need is determined by a financial aid officer at the local technical college.

• Applicant must have been or currently be a member of a family operating a Wisconsin farm. A family farm is defined as an agricultural entity of any size with the majority of the family income derived from the farm operations. This does not include hobby farms. Farms in other states do not qualify.

• If there are not a sufficient number of approved applicants involved in a Wisconsin family farm, consideration then may be given to a person from a rural Wisconsin area. Rural is defined as a township, village or city with a population of less than 20,000, based on the most recent Federal Census.

• In the event an applicant has completed his or her first year, prior academic achievement will be considered.

Scholarship awards will be determined by the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation Inc. Selected students will be notified in January and should receive the funds during the spring semester of 2017.