ENFIELD, Conn. — Farm Credit East, the Northeast’s largest agricultural lending cooperative, recently awarded $49,500 in college scholarships to 32 student recipients. Farm Credit East’s scholarship program supports students with diverse career aspirations in agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries from across the association’s seven-state territory.
“This year’s scholarship recipients aspire to make a difference in their communities and are well on their way to becoming agriculture’s future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said CEO Bill Lipinski.
Matt Beaton, Farm Credit East Board Chair commented, “The Farm Credit East Board of Directors is very supportive of this scholarship program. We congratulate these deserving students and their families, and wish them the best for a successful educational experience.”
The following students will each receive a $1,500 Farm Credit East scholarship:
New England Recipients
From the Auburn, Maine office territory:
- Sherman Brewer, of Southport Island, Maine, studies nautical science at the Northeast Maritime Institute. He plans to become a commercial fisherman.
- Ariana Wadsworth, of Thomaston, Maine, majors in veterinary medicine at Cornell University. She plans a career as a large animal veterinarian.
From the Bedford, N.H. office territory:
- Brianna Hanson, of Stafford, N.H., majors in ornamental horticulture at the University of New Hampshire. She aims to be a crop farm manager/owner.
Representing the Claverack, N.Y. office:
- Bailey Jacquier, of Canaan, Conn., will attend Cornell University to major in equine business management. She plans a career as an equine farm manager/owner and trainer.
From the Dayville, Conn. office territory:
- Megan Hebert, of Woodstock, Conn., studies agriculture and natural resources at the University of Connecticut. She aspires to be a dairy farm manager/owner.
From the Enfield, Conn. office territory:
- Christopher Bischoff, of Meriden, Conn., majors in horticulture at Naugatuck Valley Community College. He plans a career as an orchard owner.
- Maeve Rothschild-Shea, of Wilbraham, Mass., will attend the University of Rhode Island to study sustainable agriculture and food systems. She aspires to become an urban agriculturist.
- Conor Smith, of North Granby, Conn., majors in forest technology at the University of New Hampshire as he works to become a licensed arborist.
Representing the Middleboro, Mass. office territory:
- Grace Bartlett, of Nantucket, Mass., will attend Yale University to major in environmental studies. She hopes to become an environmental consultant.
From the Middletown, N.Y. office territory:
- Jonathan Russo, of Norwalk, Conn., will attend the University of Connecticut to major in agriculture and natural resources. He plans a career as an agriscience teacher.
From the Presque Isle, Maine office territory:
- Dayna McCrum, of Mars Hill, Maine, plans to study business administration at Husson University. She plans to return to her family’s potato farm.
New Jersey Recipients
From the Bridgeton, N.J. office territory:
- Georgia Lucas, of Monroeville, N.J., is majoring in agriculture at Dordt College as she works toward a career as a farm manager.
From the Flemington, N.J. office territory:
- Kellie VonThun, of Monmouth Junction, N.J., studies equine science and management at Delaware Valley University. She plans a career as a horse trainer.
New York Recipients
From the Batavia, N.Y. office territory:
- Katie Sondericker, of Attica, N.Y., studies animal science at Pennsylvania State University. She plans a career in dairy genetics and nutrition research.
- Tyler Weaver, of Wyoming, N.Y., will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio with his major and career path focused on becoming an agricultural/diesel technician.
From the Burrville, N.Y. office territory:
- Krystle Burger, of Adams, N.Y., attends Morrisville State College and is majoring in dairy science and ag business development. She plans a career as a dairy farm manager/owner.
From the Cobleskill, N.Y. office territory:
- Adam Stanton, of Schoharie, N.Y., will attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in agriculture engineering power and machinery as he works toward a career in agricultural mechanics.
Representing the Cortland, N.Y. office:
- Mikayla MacNeill, of Cortland, N.Y., is studying agricultural leadership and community education at Virginia Tech. She plans a career as a high school agricultural teacher.
- Kayla Wormuth, of Jordan, N.Y., attends Cornell University where she studies animal science. Her goal is to own her own dairy business.
From the Geneva, N.Y., office territory:
- Jacob Maslyn, of Farmington, N.Y., is majoring in agricultural science at Morrisville State College. He plans a career as a dairy farm manager/owner.
- Daniel Ripley, of Moravia, N.Y., will attend Morrisville State College to major in animal science. He aspires to become a farm manager/owner and dairy nutritionist.
From the Greenwich, N.Y. office territory:
- Suzanne Foote, of Hartford, N.Y., is in her second year at the Albany Law School of Union University as she works to become a Juris Doctor. She plans a career in agricultural law.
- Alison Parrott, of Granville, N.Y., is majoring in agricultural science at Cornell University. She plans a career in high school agricultural education.
Representing the Hornell, N.Y. office:
- Ashley Lyman, of Black Creek, N.Y., will attend Morrisville State College to study agricultural science with the goal of becoming a veterinarian.
From the Mayville, N.Y. office territory:
- Danielle Pascarella, of Cattaragus, N.Y., plans to attend SUNY Fredonia to study philosophy. Her goal is to become an agricultural lawyer.
- Allison Skinner, of Clymer, N.Y., will major in finance at Penn State Behrend as she works toward a career as an agricultural loan officer.
From the Middletown, N.Y. office territory:
- Andrew Lupinski, of Goshen, N.Y., will attend Binghamton University to major in biology. He plans to return to his family’s vegetable farm.
- Kaelyn Pennings, of Warwick, N.Y., plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill where she will major in animal science. She hopes become a farm manager/owner.
Representing the Riverhead, N.Y. office:
- Abigail Auwaerter, of Blue Point, N.Y., plans to study design and environmental analysis at Cornell University. She plans a career as a greenhouse owner.
From the Sangerfield, N.Y. office territory:
- Serene Boronow, of Munnsville, N.Y., will attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in food systems and technology. She plans to become a food scientist.
- Kayla Windecker, of Frankfort, N.Y., majors in animal science at Cornell University. She aims to become a dairy nutritionist.
Additionally, one of this year’s scholarship recipients received the Farm Credit East “Chair Scholarship” for $1,500. This is in addition to receiving a $1,500 Farm Credit East scholarship. This is the first year of this special scholarship, and it was awarded upon a second tier, in-depth review of the applications.
This year’s Chair Scholarship was awarded to Emily Ooms, of Valatie, N.Y. Emily attends Cornell University where she majors in animal science. She plans a career as a farm management specialist. Emily is from Farm Credit East’s Claverack, N.Y. office territory.
The Farm Credit East scholarship program is for college bound students with career aspirations in agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing. Farm Credit East makes a strong commitment to promoting diversity as part of the scholarship program.
To apply for a 2018 scholarship, contact a Farm Credit East branch office or visit FarmCreditEast.com. Applications will be available in January 2018.
—Farm Credit East
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