To sponsor events that bring together professional leaders of agricultural businesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education – with students – for the purpose of building personal relationships, exchanging ideas, and improving communications, while raising funds for scholarships.Learn More
Help Us Reach Our Goal
In May 2016, at the end of the 2016 spring semester, Targeting Excellence awarded $123,000 in combined scholarships to 58 students. The scholarships were awarded to students enrolled in two-year, four-year, graduate and veterinary programs with a focus on food animal agriculture.
Last month Targeting Excellence hosted a Pizza night to honor the 2015 North Carolina scholarship winners. The event was held at Amadeo’s Pizza in Raleigh, NC. A total of $35,000 was awarded to 18 students in the state in North Carolina in 2015. The Targeting Excellence scholarship selection committee is currently reviewing approximately 40 applications for…
The Targeting Excellence Scholarship Review Committee has been working hard over the last few weeks to review all the applications we received for the 2016 awards. We were initially scheduled to contact the winners today, however, due to the high number of qualified applicants we need a few more days to finalize our selections. We now plan to notify the winners on May 16th, 2016.
Targeting Excellence's vision is "to unite agribusinesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education in a common cause – to ensure the world’s food supply by providing scholarships for students committed to food animal agriculture." The mission of the organization is "To sponsor events that bring together professional leaders of agricultural businesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education – with students – for the purpose of building personal relationships, exchanging ideas, and improving communications, while raising funds for scholarships." The organization was founded in 2013 and is a recognized non-profit organization by the IRS.
Additionally, the Targeting Excellence events serve a purpose other than just raising scholarship funds. The events create an environment where students can learn more about career opportunities in food animal production and spend face-to-face time with leaders of our industry. Attracting the brightest and most motivated students, allowing them to have face-to-face time with future employers, and allowing them to graduate without a heavy debt load will not only be good for the students, but will also make our future industry stronger. More face-to-face time among the leaders of agribusiness, production systems and agricultural colleges can also lead to new alliances to ensure the survival of our industry.
Targeting Excellence has set a goal in 2016 to raise $165,000 in scholarship funds that will be awarded to students in 2017. Committees comprised of individuals from food production systems, allied industries and university professors are volunteering their time and resources to raise these funds from national and regional sponsors. In keeping with our mission these committees are also actively planning events in 2016 for Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that will allow students and industry leaders the opportunity to meet and network.
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