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Vansville Farmers Club Scholarship


Vansville Farmers Club
Scholarship History

Friends and members of the Vansville Farmers Club established the Vansville Farmers Club Scholarship in November 2006 to provide an annual scholarship for one or more students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and to honor the memory of the members of the club who were members of the faculty.

Donor Statement

The Vansville Farmers Club, organized in March 1884 at the home of James D. Cassard, the club's founder, was inspired by the Montgomery County Farmers Convention. The club was the immediate successor of the Maryland Agricultural Society, which ceased to exist in 1884. Monthly meetings were held at members' farms. The inspection of the farm and property of the host was an important part of the meeting. The club called upon members to meet early enough to inspect the host's farm and "criticize it freely, but without flattery," after which the Inspection Committee would submit a report. The host was expected to deliver an essay on farming, which was recorded in the minutes of the meeting, as was the Inspection Committee's report. The inspection was followed by a meal provided by the host. The Vansville Farmers Club sponsored the first Farmers' Institute, from which developed the state system of Farmers' Institutes which were eventually taken over by the Extension Service of the University of Maryland. Members have been involved in civic and farm affairs in the State of Maryland since the club's inception. Friends and members of the Vansville Framers Club established, through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to promote agriculture and to honor the memory of the members of the Club who were members of the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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2016 - 2017 Scholar

2015 - 2016 Scholar

2014 - 2015 Scholars

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