Hailey Shoemaker

Hailey Shoemaker

2017 Scholarship Recipient - Undergraduate Award (Ohio)

Everyday I am blessed to be able to pursue an education in agriculture, to better myself for the field and future of agriculture. It is through generosity and scholarships, such as that seen with the Targeting Excellence scholarship, that I am able to pursue an education and my dream of leading a professional life that improves and serves the agriculture industry. I am very grateful for your support and generosity.

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, OH

School: Ohio State University

Major / Species: Meat Science with Honors Research Distinction

Career Goals: Since being at Ohio State I have been very fortunate to have a wide range of experiences and opportunities. Between curriculum, jobs, extracurriculars, and networking events I have learned more about the agricultural industry and aboutmyself than I ever thought that I could. I learned that I am interested in research, meat quality, livestock production,
livestock nutrition, and the way that these topics blend together. I have also learned that I can excel in speaking and
writing about my industry and these topics. I am interesting in the future learning how to tie all of my interests,
experiences, and talents together to have the most significant career.
Currently, I am finishing up my second year in my Undergraduate Bachelors of Sciences, Meat Science Major with
Honors Research Distinction program. I expected to graduate in Spring of 2019 and then plan to attend graduate school
to obtain my Masters in Science. My current list of schools/programs that I am looking into include: Texas A&M,
Colorado State, Iowa State, Perdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina State University, and
Oklahoma State. I hope to continue my interests in writing, meat science, meat judging, and research at one of these
places. Afterwards, I plan on applying to get my PhD. After obtaining my PhD, I would like to enter into the industry.
Currently, I am unsure about the kind of job that I would like or most enjoy, but I have not a doubt in my mind that it will
be involved in agriculture and livestock and/or meat.
I am passionate about the agricultural industry and becoming the best professional in the industry that I can possibly be.
Ideally, I will end up with a job that makes me feel like I make a positive difference in the industry and for farmers, that I
can travel through, that I can publish through, and that I feel I can be the most effective.