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Georgia Foundation for Agriculture names scholarship recipients

By  Lily Baucom, Georgia Foundation for Agriculture

A crop of 24 Georgia students will receive a total of $65,000 in scholarships from the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) for the 2022-2023 academic year. The scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled academically and/or with their extracurricular activities. The selected students 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 supporting Georgia’s next generation of agricultural leaders. Our 2022-23 scholarship recipients are passionate students pursuing various careers in agriculture,” said GFA Board Chairman and GFB President Tom McCall. “Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to support the foundation’s efforts. There are new, fascinating specialties in agriculture that our scholarship recipients are committing to. We look forward to following these deserving students and their agricultural careers.”

The scholarships are for 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.

Here are the recipients:

College Freshman Scholarship for Agriculture

Ten students planning to enter college this fall at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) were awarded scholarships of $3,000 each: Bethany Champion, Gordon County; Marlee Coffman, Monroe County; Jacob Duke, Carroll County; Jacob Harper, Mitchell County; Margaret Knapek, Houston County; Emily Mason, Jeff Davis County; Michael Miller, Decatur County; Samuel Nichols, Berrien County; Daniel Peterson, Lowndes County; and Jenna Williams, Coffee County.  The top three candidates – Champion, Peterson and Nichols – each received an additional $1,000.   

These 10 students plan to pursue degrees in ag education, ag communications, biological sciences & avian biology, ag engineering, ag science & environmental systems, animal science, poultry science, regenerative bioscience, and ag & applied economics.

Technical College Scholarship for Ag

Joshua Carr, Gordon County; Collin Crowder, Towns County; Emma Holland, Habersham County; and Jonathan Smith, Stephens County were each selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend North Georgia Technical College. These students plan to pursue degrees in welding, electrical, animal science and agribusiness.

Rising College JR/SR Scholarships for Ag

The foundation awarded eight $2,000 scholarships to these rising college juniors and seniors: Hattie Carter, Rockdale/Dekalb County; Ivey Cook, Tift County; Tyler Hunter, Bulloch County; Micah Jones, Cobb County; Sarah Beth Kersey, Emanuel County; Dorothy Paschal, Houston County; Taylor Pearson, Tattnall County; and Bailey Rayfield, Cook County.

The students plan to attend UGA CAES and ABAC in the fall and are studying horticulture, ag education, animal science, agriscience, poultry science, agribusiness, environmental science, entomology, applied biotechnology and environmental systems.

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

James Holton, Dawson County, and Skylar Lindsey, Fayette County, will each receive scholarships of $5,000 as they study to become food animal veterinarians at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

To support ag education for Georgia students, please consider supporting the foundation. Visit  www.gafoundationag.org to learn more about the foundation or to make a tax -deductible donation. Instructions for applying for the 2023-24 scholarships will be posted on the GFA website this fall.