Thank you for granting me with this scholarship. Because of the help of this scholarship I am able to fulfill my dreams and get a degree in Poultry Production and a minor in Animal Sciences. I appreciate what the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board of directors and state committees are doing in order to support students and universities who strive to focus on feeding the world. Thank you again!
Hometown: Grand Bay, AL
School: Auburn University
Major / Species: Poultry Production
Career Goals: I am currently a sophomore at Auburn University planning to graduate in 2020. My major is Poultry Production, and I plan to get a minor in Animal Sciences. During my junior year in high school, I joined Future Farmers of America (FFA). Because I was so involved my senior year, I became the Reporter of my chapter. Joining FFA made me realize I wanted a career in Agriculture. In 2015, the year I graduated, I applied to multiple colleges – Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Faulkner State (Bay Minette), and Southern Union (Opelika). My heart was set on Auburn University from the first time I attended a football game my 7th grade year, although God had different plans for me. I was confused and devastated because I was not accepted into Auburn University at first. After weeks went by, I finally decided to go to Southern Union where I got offered the Presidential scholarship. At first, I was going to only attend for one semester and then transfer, but I ended up attending for 4 – (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). During Fall 2016, I was dual enrolled at both Auburn and Southern Union and commuted between schools – I took Intro to Poultry Science at Auburn and 12 hours at Southern Union. In the Spring of 2017, I transferred to Auburn full time with 55 accredited hours. With these next few years, I hope to further my education and agriculture experience as a Poultry Production major and an Animal Science minor so I will be able to apply the knowledge I obtain during my college years in my future career. In the Fall of 2017, I plan on joining the Poultry Science Club and going to the International Production and Processing Expo. In the Summer of 2018, I will start off my career by participating in an internship within my field.