The Wild Goat Edge program (WGEP) connects its participants (Wild Goats) with education, mentors, and paid internships, with exposure to the agricultural technology industry.
In Gratitude We Grow
We are part of a deep, storied agricultural tradition in Sonoma County. The Wild Goat Edge program was created in gratitude for our agricultural workers’ contributions to the complex root system that has enabled our agricultural businesses and communities to flourish.
We believe that connecting daughters of agricultural workers in our county with education, mentoring, and internships will contribute to:
- Upward career mobility for young, talented girls from underserved agricultural families.
- Girls becoming more self-confident, financially independent, and strong members of their families and agricultural communities.
- A well-trained workforce for local small farms and agricultural businesses.
- Educational opportunities that may minimize climate change: empowerment of girls and more sustainable farming.
2019 applicants will be part of a pilot Wild Goat Edge program for young women entering Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. Applications are due by April 15, 2019.
In addition to scholarship awards supporting their studies at SRJC, the WGEP will provide mentoring, opportunities for paid summer internships, and life skills workshops. After successful completion of a two-year program of studies at the SRJC, WGEP participants will be supported in transitioning to and succeeding at a four-year institution or directly into the work force.
We encourage all interested students who meet our criteria to apply to the Wild Goat Edge program. DEADLINE for all applications is April 15, 2019. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the Wild Goat Edge Application
- Ask two teachers, coaches, counselors, or mentors to complete the Recommendation Form
- Apply to the Santa Rosa Junior College and register for study in the Sustainable Agriculture and/or Associate in Science for Transfer in Agriculture Plant Science and Animal Science programs
- Apply for the Doyle Scholarship, which requires applicants to:
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)*
*Contact the SRJC Scholarship Office for assistance
- The program is designed to support young women, including transgender women, whose families work in the agricultural industry. Therefore, participation is limited to individuals who meet these criteria.
- The selection committee may, in its sole discretion, consider a variety of factors, in selecting program participants. These include, but are not limited to, the applicant’s academic performance, financial need, and the criteria described below.
- Preference will be given to applicants who are interested in careers in agriculture, viticulture, earth sciences, agribusiness, and/or agricultural technology.
- Preference will be given to those who are interested in working and living in Sonoma County.
- Desired personal qualities of Wild Goat Edge participants are:
- Honesty and integrity
- Energy, enthusiasm, motivation
- Ability to work with and have empathy for others, kindness
- Courage, willingness to take risks
- Good communication skills and/or desire to improve communication skills
- An expectation of all graduates is that they will volunteer in their communities and/or with the Wild Goat Edge program once they are successfully employed.
Wild Goat Edge Program Nondiscrimination Statement
We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for program participants and their families. To that end, the Wild Goat Edge Program does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), disability, or sexual orientation in the selection of WGEP participants or the administration of the program.