I would like to personally thank Targeting Excellence and their sponsors for awarding me with this scholarship. I understand the process must have been difficult and I am greatly appreciative of this opportunity. Any scholarship, no matter the amount, will assist me with my educational and career goals by removing financial barriers. I would also like to thank Targeting Excellence and the sponsors for their continued support to the agricultural industry. It is with the hard work and dedication of people like you that keep the younger generations, like myself, eager to pursue this field of work. Once again, I would like to say thank you for awarding me with this scholarship and that I am extremely grateful for the consideration. I will use this chance to give back to the industry that has given so much to me.
I live on a small family farm and have been surrounded by agriculture since at a young age. I instantly fell in love with this lifestyle and wanted to get more involved. At eight years old, my parents introduced me to 4-H, and I had been a member for over 10 years until aging out in 2020. Within my local 4-H club, I have held many livestock projects such as cattle, hogs, lambs, and goats. I have exhibited these animals at the county fair, along with many regional and national shows across the country still today. Throughout my journey thus far, I have already learned so much about the essential careers in agriculture, as well as meeting many industry professionals. Pennsylvania State University?s College of Agricultural Sciences will allow me to experience many different classes to see what I want to pursue in an agricultural career. As of right now, I am pursuing an Animal Science major with a business and management focus. I would like to finish my schooling in 4 years and begin working within the industry. All things considered, I have spent my life within the agriculture industry and plan to use my future career to make a significant impact on it. I am inspired to teach others the importance of agriculture because of my passion for it! It has touched my life in countless ways and I want to support agriculture so it can continue to do so for others and generations to come.