Targeting Excellence Awards $123,000 To Students in Agriculture

WARSAW NC- May 18, 2016 – 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.

The scholarship recipients were:

Iowa – Shelby Curry, Naomi England, Kristin Hansen, Danielle James, Justin Bartling, and Tyler Triggs

Minnesota – Trent Dado, Thomas Duff, Johanna Knorr, Mary Liebenstein, Sara Roerick, Madison Schafer, Austin Schmitt, Gabriella Sorg, Michaela Trudeau, Blair Tostenson, and Allison VanDerWal

North Carolina – Braxton Beck, Kayla Brooks, Miranda Bryan, Caleb Early, Rebecca Falkner, Ethan Holland, Alexandra “Lexie” Holloway, Eric Huneycutt, Sharon Jallow, Alec Linton, Jessica Lucas, Kathryn McCullough, Tyler McDuffie, Kaelyn Mohrfeld, Kelly Moore, Cole Mullis, Daniel Radford, Robert Reilly, Paxton Sappenfield, Amanda Smith, and Austin Smith

Pennsylvania – Joshua Beam, Joy Beam, Angela Becker, Emma Brenengen, Nathan Briggs, Anna Heggenstaller, Katie Hess, Rebecca Klopp, Amanda Logan, Benjamin Luksic, Hannah Lux, Samantha McKinney, Sarah Shoup, Jordan Sommer, Katie Sondericker, Abby Sterner, Charles Trice, Danielle Varner, Macie Whitsel, and Aaron Wolfe

Click here to learn more about each of the winners.

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 to students committed to food animal production”.   David Funderburke, President of Targeting Excellence said, “Targeting Excellence is not just another ag student scholarship program.  While the scholarships are an integral part of the organization, the events are also important as they create an environment where students can learn more about career opportunities in food animal production while spending face-to-face time with leaders of the industry”.

In addition to the fund-raising events like sporting clays and golf tournaments, much of the scholarship support comes from the many corporate sponsors that support the efforts of Targeting Excellence through their generous annual contributions.  The following corporate sponsors contributed at least $1,250 during 2015 to support the mission of Targeting Excellence: AB Vista Inc, Ag Choice / Mid-Atlantic Credit, Ajinomoto Heartland, Alltech, American Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, APC Inc, Automated Production Systems, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Buffalo Warren, Cargill Animal Nutrition, CJ America Inc, Clemens Food Group/Country View Family Farms, Colorado Swine Data, DSM, Elanco, Embrovac LLC, Energy Panel Systems Inc, Farmer Boy Ag, Fiedler Finishing, Good’s Livestock Inc, Hog Slat Inc, Hord Family Farm, Huvepharma, International Ingredient Corporation, JBS United Inc, Kemin, MAF Vet Services, Merck Animal Health, Novus International, Nutriad, Nutriquest, Pennsylvania Livestock Association, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, Pharmgate, Phibro Animal Health, Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care, PIC, Plainville Farms, Prestage Farms Inc, RC Family Farms Inc, Smithfield Foods, Stone Truck Parts, Swine Vet Center, Topigs Norsvin, Trouw Nutrition, Vetagro Inc, Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc, White Oak Mills, and Zoetis.

The need to support students in agriculture careers is great. A 2010 Ag Careers study reported that in the next 15 to 20 years, 77 million baby-boomers will retire with only 44 million generation-Xers to backfill their jobs. Many of the retiring baby-boomers are the builders and leaders of agriculture and, in particular, food animal production as we know it today. To ensure there is not a shortfall of qualified students, the leaders of Targeting Excellence are being pro-active and “Focused on Feeding the Future.”

In 2015, Targeting Excellence held events in North Carolina, Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. As a result of the fund-raising events last year, 58 scholarships have been awarded in 2016, with a value of $123,000.  Ohio was added in 2016 to the fund-raising efforts and the goal for 2017 is to award $165,000 in scholarships.

Targeting Excellence was incorporated in the state of North Carolina, received a 501(c) (3) status in March 2013 and is recognized by the IRS as a Public Charity. The mission of Targeting Excellence 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”.