Thank you for selecting me to be a Targeting Excellence Scholarship recipient for the upcoming academic year. I am very appreciative of this generous donation that will be a financial help towards my college expenses. This scholarship will help ease the costly burdens of attending college, and will allow me to focus on my academics and involvement at Purdue University this coming fall. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had at Purdue and beyond excited for what my senior year has in store for me.
Last year, I had the honor of being selected to serve as a 2019 Purdue Rising Professionals Promotional Officer to help connect current students to distinguished young Purdue Alumni. Additionally, I am the Events Chair for the Purdue Ag Week Task Force which plans Ag Week at Purdue. I continued to show my passion for the agriculture industry by serving on the Agricultural Council and continuing my duties as an AGEC Envoy.
Outside the College of Agriculture, I continue to be a member of the Purdue Foundation Student Board which I have the opportunity to spread awareness on philanthropy and private giving at Purdue University. Additionally, I am looking forward to this upcoming summer where I will be returning to Cargill as a grain sales intern. I will gain a new experience trading commodities and diversifying farmer’s grain portfolios. The time I have spent as a Purdue student has encouraged me to grow as a leader. I hope I have given you a sense of my character, what I have been up to this past year, and how grateful I am for receiving this monetary award. Once again, thank you for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.
My passion for the agriculture industry began when my family decided to raise and show shorthorn cattle. Being a part of the livestock industry has helped me continually learn valuable life lessons. For example, the work ethic, responsibility, and financial planning it has taught me will forever be useful. Additionally, I was able to see the commercial food production sector when I worked at 4-Way Productions, Inc. for summer employment. My responsibilities were maintaining health of the newborn pigs and recording data. The research experience I had through taking care of 7 farrowing rooms and taking inventory over 7 gestation barns allowed me to examine the different stages of commercial hog farm production. I was able to partake in giving the newborn pigs iron shots to help battle anemia. I also had a chance to compare and contrast inventory from historical performance. Growing up in the livestock industry led me to major in Agribusiness Management and minoring in Animal Science and Farm Management at Purdue University. My professional plans are to graduate from Purdue with my Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management and become an asset for a large agricultural company. After interning with the Indiana State Fairgrounds, I learned that I enjoy being a team leader for a project. However, I knew I wanted to impact global markets and be a part of a large competitive work environment. With that being said, I was a grain sales intern for Cargill last summer in Lafayette, Indiana. I enjoyed learning about the grain industry and working with farmers to help diversify their business and improve their profitability so much that I am returning to Cargill next summer. I will be located in Kearney, Nebraska, and I am excited to continue to grow my professional development and farm marketing experience out west. Along with working for Cargill or another major agricultural corporation after my college career, I would start my own business within the cattle industry by raising and selling show cattle. From the beginning, I have always known that the cattle industry is important to me, and that I plan on raising my own herd some day.