HARVE DE GRACE, Md. — Joshua and Zachary Baker of Adamstown, Md., have been awarded 2021 Dr. Ronald J. Seibel Scholarships from the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation. The Seibel Scholarship was open to students pursuing a two-year or four-year degree in majors leading to careers in agriculture.
Zachary and Joshua Baker are full-time students at the Institute of Applied Agriculture in College Park, Md. Post-graduation, the brothers plan to return to their family farm located in Montgomery County, Md.
“I am very passionate about agriculture and my family’s farm. I am excited to carry the torch and add my spin on my grandparent’s legacy and my father’s legacy. I have grown up seeing how hard-working and passionate my father is to continue to grow and expand our operation. He has made vast improvements and has been able to balance all the aspects of our business to ensure we are always progressing. I want to be able to take what he has taught me and learn more relevant knowledge and practices in our industry to follow in my father’s footsteps,” said Joshua Baker in his application for the scholarship.
The brothers will receive $1,000 each.
Ronald J. Seibel established this scholarship fund during his lifetime to support students seeking agricultural degrees or certificates. As a former educator and longtime director of the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland, Dr. Seibel was a passionate supporter of agricultural education.
Dedicated to increasing agricultural literacy and agricultural education, MAEF is a nonprofit organization with programs serving pre-kindergarten through post-secondary audiences. MAEF signature programs include “Infusing Ag in the Classroom” professional development courses for teachers; mobile science labs; mobile agricultural showcases and Maryland FFA. Funded by the Maryland “ag tag” license plate revenues, gifts, grants and program fees, MAEF promotes the importance of agriculture in everyone’s daily lives. For more information visit www.maefonline.com.
–Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation