Student Application

Step One: Prepare to apply. The online application will require that you submit several required documents. Take a look at these requirements prior to starting the online application.

Personal Introduction:

Applicants should use this opportunity to introduce themselves to the selection committee and to present their desire to participate in the South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture. This statement can incorporate background, experiences, interests and/or goals and how those qualify for selection to the program.

Formats Permitted:

      • Video – limited to two minutes (preferred)
      • Photo Slideshow with voice-over – limited to two minutes
      • Essay – limited to one typed page

Evaluation of Personal Introduction 
Introductions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

          1. Technical Content (grammar, organization, professionalism)
          2. Content
          3. Quality
          4. Creativity

Submitting Files:
For video and slideshow submissions, file formats accepted include MOV, MPEG, MP4, DVD, Youtube. Submissions can be mailed along with application or submitted electronically to

Current Issues Essay:

Discuss a current issue in agriculture or natural resources that is of specific interest. This can be a positive or negative issue related to these industries. It is important to state more than just facts and to incorporate ideas, solutions, concerns, or other thoughts.


Applicants should respond to this requirement using typed/word-processed, in an easy to read 12-point font. The essay should employ the applicant’s best-written skills, reflect personal interests, and the writer should be conscious of utilizing resources. This statement should be clear and concise and must not exceed 1,000 words.

Essay Review:

Essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

    1. Technical Content (spelling, grammar, sentence structure)
    2. Content
    3. Overall Quality
    4. Creativity

Step Two: Complete your Online Application (powered by Google Docs) by April 23rd, 2014.

If you are unable to access the online application, please contact the SCCSA Director.

Step Three: Direct your references to the online reference forms. For your convenience, there are printable pdf documents you can provide your references.

Step Four: You will receive a confirmation that your completed application has been received within two business days. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact the SCCSA Director

Step Five: Applicants will be notified no later than June 1st.