College students from across the country can get active in animal agriculture this fall by adding College Aggies Online Scholarship Program (CAO) to their curriculum. This year’s CAO kicks off on September 19.
Now in its eighth consecutive year, CAO, an initiative of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, is aimed at helping college students harness their passion for animal agriculture to become confident, positive and proactive communicators. Since its inception in 2009, more than 4,000 students have competed in the program.
The nine-week competitive program prepares students to become lifelong agvocates. In addition to gaining valuable skills, scholarship funds and other prizes will be up for grabs. During the program, students receive weekly assignments ranging from writing a blog post, creating an infographic, attending webinars hosted by industry experts and more. Participants earn points by posting content promoting and explaining agriculture on social media.
Student organizations can also participate as a group and complete club challenges. These challenges include holding an “Ag Day” on campus, teaching at local elementary schools, handing out candy wrapped with meat myths and facts, and many more. The clubs receive points for each challenge they complete.
To sign up as an individual or club, visit the Animal Agriculture Alliance College Aggies page.