Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award Volunteer Information
Participate in the award volunteer program
There is no cost to participate in the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program - the CFANS Alumni Society supplies the book and award certificate. The only requirement is the donation of your time!
The following steps make up the suggested process for alumni volunteers:
Complete the Volunteer Form to indicate your interest in participating in the program.
Contact your favorite school district to inform them of the opportunity to present a book award. If you don't have a contact already, we suggest reaching out to school counselors and science instructors at a high school in your area. 2016 Sample Letter to School.pdf
Use this map tool to help see which counties/area schools already have a volunteer assigned - if you do not see your school on the map it hasn't yet been claimed by a volunteer.
Ask your school contact to identify a junior who has shown academic achievements in the area of science as well as having demonstrated two or more of the following characteristics:
- Shown a strong interest in food science, agricultural science or natural resource science.
- Has accumulated an outstanding academic record.
- Notable involvement in school and community activities.
Send the name and address of the student recipient to CFANS Alumni Relations via the Book Recipient Information Form so that a personalized award certificate can be made for the recipient. Books and award materials can be sent to the volunteer, or directly to the school for the presentation.
Arrange for the award to be presented to the student during the school's spring awards program. If possible, the alum volunteer would present the award - using this script as a reference.
Once you have presented the award please complete the sample press release with the appropriate information and send it to your local paper. The student will also receive a letter from the Dean of CFANS and his/her contact information will also be provided to the admissions staff.
Sponsor a book
Don't have the time? For a donation of $30 you can sponsor an award that another CFANS alum can deliver.
Help CFANS reach high school juniors and recognize their academic achievements in the area of science by contributing to the CFANS Alumni Society Student Development Fund (#1331).
Contributions to this fund will help cover the expenses associated with the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award. Donations in any amount are welcome. The average cost of awarding one book (book, certificate and mailings) is $30.
Click here to make an online contribution. This link will take you to the University of Minnesota Foundation's online giving page. Once there, please select fund 1331 - CFANS Alumni Society Student Development.
Thank you for your gift!