RMAA awards scholarships
May 18, 2010
At a recent meeting of the Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association, five college scholarships and one member scholarship were awarded to students during the Winter Conference luncheon. Students majoring in a discipline involving plant and soil science, pest management, or agricultural business were nominated by college faculty members and selected by RMAA’s Scholarship Committee.
“RMAA is very proud of these individuals,” said Tony Leighty, RMAA President. “It’s so important that we advance the profession and help these students that are the future of agriculture.”
More than 66 million acres of Colorado land is dedicated to agriculture and generates approximately $7 million in revenue per year. There are 1,420 students studying Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University and many more at other institutions. In order for American agriculture to continue growing, students must learn and develop new technologies and techniques for the industry.
Five students received $1,000 towards their education in an agriculture-related field. Winners were Katie Brown of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, Jennifer Carter of Ft. Lewis College, Jenna Meeks of Colorado State University, Ariana Roe of the University of Wyoming, and Ryan Wagner of Northeastern Junior College.
The “Bill Gordon and Dale Seyler” scholarship is available to the son or daughter of any RMAA member who has demonstrated excellent academic leadership ability and community service. The recipient is not required to study an agricultural discipline. This year’s $1,000 scholarship went to Drew Conrad from the University of Utah.
The scholarships that RMAA provides can offer many opportunities for students in the region. As funding for higher education continues to decline, RMAA encourages undergraduates to use the organization’s resources to further their college careers.