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Georgia Foundation for Agriculture awards $65,000 to ag scholars

Posted on May 06, 2020 at 0:00 AM

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is awarding $65,000 in scholarships to 32 students across Georgia for the 2020-2021 academic year. The foundation selected students who have excelled academically and/or with their extracurricular activities and intend to pursue or are already pursuing degrees in agriculture, forestry or family/consumer sciences at an accredited college/university in Georgia with an ag program or a Georgia accredited technical college.

“Agriculture is Georgia’s leading economic sector. The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture would like to keep it that way, which is why it continues to invest in the bright minds that will power our industry in the future,” said Lily Baucom, executive director of the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture.

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:

• College Freshman Scholarship for Agriculture

Seven students planning to enter college as freshmen at either Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) or the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) were awarded scholarships of $3,000 each: Adonis Merritt, Newton County; Chase West, Madison County; Ivey Cook, Tift County; Leana Atkinson, Coffee County; Lorene Parker, Polk County; Sarah Hunter, Bulloch County; Tyler Hunter, Bulloch County. These students plan to pursue degrees in ag education, ag communications, animal science, poultry science, avian biology and biological sciences.

Seven students were selected to receive scholarships of $1,500: Aubrey Hughes, Berrien County; Austin Ertzberger, Franklin County; Elijah Alford, Turner County; Lexi Cindrick, Troup County; Macy Taylor, Berrien County; Madison Gunter, Wilkes County; Rachel Hopper, Wilcox County. These students plan to pursue degrees in animal science/animal health, animal production and ag education.

•Technical College Scholarship for Agriculture

Hope Smith, Stephens County; Jared Sheriff, Stephens County; Mary Knight, Stephens County; Rebecca Bowen, Banks County; and Shelby Benford, Henry County were each selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Smith, Sheriff, Knight and Bowen plan to study in Agribusiness at North Georgia Technical College. Benford plans to pursue a degree as a Vet Tech at Gwinnett Technical College.

• Rising College JR/SR Scholarships for Agriculture

The foundation awarded 10 scholarships of $2,000 each to these rising college juniors and seniors: Brittany Braddy, Montgomery County;  Elizabeth Lokey, Lowndes County; Fallon Cawthon, Franklin County; Josh Brown, Habersham County; Lane Goodroe, Colquitt County; Larabeth Bland, Bulloch County; Lindsey Moore, Wilkes County; Madison Walker, Gwinnett County; Teresa Lindstrom, Houston County; Will Barrett, Habersham County.

These students plan to attend UGA CAES, ABAC and Emmanuel College in the fall and are studying agricultural education, agribusiness, applied agricultural economics, agricultural communications or animal science.

• UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

Eric Whitmire, Hart County; John Gentry, Pulaski County; Taylor Strickland, Decatur County were chosen to receive scholarships of $2,000 each as they study to become animal veterinarians at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

Visit to learn more about the nonprofit Georgia Foundation for Agriculture or to make a tax-deductible donation. Instructions for applying for the 2021 scholarships will be announced on the foundation website in the fall.

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