MACON, Ga. — A crop of 24 Georgia students will receive a total of $65,000 in scholarships from the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) for the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled academically and/or with their extracurricular activities. The selected students also intend to pursue or are pursuing degrees in agriculture, forestry or family and consumer sciences at a school that is part of The University System of Georgia, Berry College, Emmanuel College or any accredited college/university in Georgia with an ag program or a Georgia accredited technical college.
“The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is committed to investing in the future of Georgia agriculture by offering these scholarships to students who want to pursue a career in agriculture. The foundation is happy to offer scholarships this year to students who plan to become ag teachers, welders, veterinarians, ag mechanics, ag engineers, ag business employees and ag lawyers,” said GFA Board Chairman and GFB President Tom McCall. “Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to support the foundation’s efforts. We look forward to continuing to keep up with these deserving students and their agricultural careers.”
The scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors headed to college or a technical college next fall, rising college juniors and seniors and students enrolled in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine who plan to care for farm animals.
Recipients are as follows:
College Freshman Scholarship for Agriculture
Ten students planning to enter college this fall at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES), or Berry College were awarded scholarships of $3,000 each: John Aultman & Kloie Varnadoe, both of Tift County; Olivia Bellotte, Banks County; Morgan Kitchens, Sumter County; Thomas Maddox, Jasper County; Matthew McNeely, Jefferson County; Ella Jane Miller, Oconee County; Raymond Pan, Clarke County; Hannah Williams, Telfair County; and Peyton Worsham, Mitchell County. The top three candidates – Maddox, Miller and Williams – received an additional $1,000.
These 10 students plan to pursue degrees in ag education, agribusiness, ag engineering, ag & environmental systems, animal science, pre-vet medicine, plant pathology, or forestry/wildlife management.
Technical College Scholarship for Ag
Allie Royston, Franklin County; David Workman, McDuffie County; Jennifer Moss, Gwinnett County; and Kane Pruitt, Stephens County, were selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Gwinnett Technical College, South Georgia Technical or North Georgia Technical College. These students plan to pursue degrees in horticulture science, agricultural technology, agribusiness or welding.
Rising College JR/SR Scholarships for Ag
The foundation awarded eight $2,000 scholarships to these rising college juniors and seniors: Adam Belflower, Bleckley County; Brooke Appelbaum, Chattooga County; Dawson Adams, Coffee County; Edwin Oliver, Harris County; Ellie Clark, Hall County; Joshua Brown, Habersham County; Lauren Pike, Walker County; Teresa Lindstrom, Houston County. The students plan to attend UGA CAES, ABAC and Berry College in the fall and are studying ag education, ag studies, agribusiness, ag communications and animal science.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship
Katelyn Williams and Lindsey Fenster, both Clarke County residents, will each receive scholarships of $5,000 as they study to become animal veterinarians at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture invests in the next generation of ag leaders by supporting higher education for high school and college students. To support ag education for Georgia students, consider giving to GFA’s GROW program. Visit www.gafoundationag.org/OurWork.html to learn more about our plans to support learning outside the classroom. Visit www.gafoundationag.org/joinus.html to make a tax-deductible donation. Instructions for applying for the 2022 scholarships will be posted on the GFA website this fall.
–Georgia Farm Bureau