GETTING AN EDGE IN AG


The Wild Goat Edge program offers our agricultural workers gratitude by nourishing the bright promise of their daughters to uplift our communities.

ABOUT

The Wild Goat Edge program (WGEP) connects its participants (Wild Goats) with education, mentors, and paid internships, with exposure to the agricultural technology industry.

Hopes and Dreams

We hope that the Wild Goats will be able to honor their families’ legacies and remain in their communities to build successful lives for themselves and others.

Ours is a “Dream It Yourself” program that is customized for each girl and young woman’s path.

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.

Now it’s our turn and our opportunity to nourish the bright promise of their children.

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.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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.

Five recipients will receive:

  • Scholarship awards from Wild Goat Edge to cover eligible educational expenses at SRJC (up to $7,500 per year for two years).
  • Free weeklong (required) residential summer camp at Cloverleaf Ranch.
  • Paid internships in the agricultural field during school year and summers.
  • College and career counseling and mentoring through both SRJC and the Wild Goat Edge program.
  • Life skills training, including employment empowerment skills, through Wild Goat Edge
  • Connections to job opportunities and continued networking and advice after academic studies are completed.

Female or transgender female applicants from ag families must apply to both the Wild Goat Edge Program and be accepted at Santa Rosa Junior College.

APPLICATION

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 info@wildgoatedge.org. 

*Contact the SRJC Scholarship Office for assistance

Applicant Evaluation

  • 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.

CONTACT

Janet Durkin, Program Director
janet[at]wildgoatfoundation.org
707-829-8322

Wild Goat Edge
400 Aviation Blvd. Suite 400
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

General inquires to info@wildgoatedge.org.