I would like to thank the generous sponsors of this scholarship, as well as the selection committee. Academics is a very important part of my life, and I am honored that you all have chosen to support me and my academic career.
As a freshman at the University of Minnesota, it has not taken me long to find out that my passion for swine will lead to great opportunities in my future. I look to graduate with a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural and Food Business Management, with a minor in Finance. I aim to find a job relating to large swine operations, make a living as a financial consultant/manager for one of the very many swine production businesses throughout the Midwest. I feel that my passions and strengths as an individual would fit this career style well, and would help me to perform well within this field. I hope to make a steady income that can support a family, and to still live near my parents and my older sisters’ families in southern Minnesota. Someday I hope to take over my mother’s agriculture insurance company in Lakefield, Minnesota, and ensure that it stays in the family. Growing up in a county that has a deep-rooted swine background, I have always been around pigs and other livestock, and I’ve seen the different opportunities that come with being involved in the community. I hope to possibly coach a local county livestock judging team and be involved with different 4-H and FFA programs throughout Minnesota, potentially giving back to the programs that have given me so much.