By Chuck Gill, Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK – Fourteen Penn State students, including 11 enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were among 25 who were awarded scholarships by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The students were recognized before the show’s Junior Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions on Jan. 8.
The foundation awards scholarships to young people who are registered in a post-secondary educational institution and who have exhibited livestock at the Farm Show. To be chosen, students must exhibit leadership qualities and excellent academic performance, according to the foundation.
Since 2005, the College of Agricultural Sciences has contributed additional scholarship money to students enrolled in good standing in the college who receive Farm Show scholarships. The amount of this year’s scholarship is $3,500, and the college will add $2,000, bringing the total to $5,500.
“Exhibiting livestock at the Farm Show takes dedication, responsibility and a hunger for knowledge,” said Tracy Hoover, the college’s associate dean for undergraduate education. “These are traits that also help these students to achieve in the classroom and beyond, and we’re proud to support them as they continue on their path to becoming skilled professionals and leaders.”
Following are the 11 College of Ag Sciences recipients of 2013 Farm Show scholarships:
— Emily Benner, of Mifflintown, Juniata County, a junior at University Park majoring in animal sciences.
— Luke Graver, of Lehighton, Carbon County, a junior at University Park majoring in agribusiness management.
— Katie Joanne Harvison, of Titusville, Crawford County, a junior at University Park majoring in animal sciences.
— Andrew Hower, of Northampton, Northampton County, a senior at University Park majoring in agricultural systems management.
— Nichole McCord, of Delta, York County, who is studying animal sciences at Penn State York.
— Laura Beth Metrick, of Butler, Butler County, a sophomore at University Park studying agricultural and extension education.
— Jenna Moser, of Philadelphia, a sophomore at University Park studying agricultural and extension education.
— Darcie Phillips, of Amity, Washington County, a senior at University Park majoring in agribusiness management.
— Justin Douglass Welk, of Strasburg, Lancaster County, a freshman at Penn State Berks studying animal sciences.
— Kerri Olivia Wickard, of Newville, Cumberland County, a sophomore at University Park studying agribusiness management.
— Caleb Wright, of Alexandria, Huntingdon County, a junior at University Park majoring in agricultural and extension education.
Other Penn State students awarded Farm Show scholarships were:
— Kelvin DeWalt, of Easton, Northampton County, a junior studying welding and fabrication engineering at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
— Andrea Foore, of Seven Valleys, York County, a freshman studying advertising and public relations at Penn State York.
— Kelsey Isenberg, of Indiana, Indiana County, a sophomore studying health policy and administration at University Park.
The Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship money to nearly 400 students since its founding in 1993.