Dear Targeting Excellence Board, Committee, and Sponsors,
Thank you so much for selecting my application for a scholarship. Your support of the next generation of industry professionals really makes a difference in agriculture. It is because of your program and others like it that I am able to attend college and make my dreams of becoming a veterinarian a reality.
My goal is to graduate from Penn State University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. After my undergraduate studies, I want to attend vet school at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine or Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and study large animal veterinary science. Becoming a large animal vet is lifelong dream. I started riding horses at 6 years old, but quickly fell in love with other large animals, specifically food animal species. For the past 8 years, my family and I have bred and raised beef steers, dairy cows, lambs, goats, hogs, broilers, laying hens and turkeys for our own household use on our 13-acre farm. In addition to the food animals, we keep several horses, peacocks, cats, and dogs. Intensely working with these animals sparked a deep interest in me to strengthen my knowledge of them and inspired my life goal. While studying at Penn State, I have discovered a wealth of opportunities to gain hands-on experience with food animal science such as working at the beef, sheep, or poultry facilities on campus, joining clubs like Block and Bridle, Collegiate Horseman’s Association At Penn State (CHAPS), Penn State Equine Research Team (PSERT) and even conducting research. Taking advantage of these opportunities, I believe, will bear significance on my career. Experiencing the culture and learning about the food animal industry now will allow me to better serve my clients as a veterinarian. My second goal, once I am a veterinarian, is to find a place in the industry where I can better advocate for food animal agriculture. This goal is important to me because I believe that one of the problems facing the industry today is the massive disconnect between consumers and producers of their food. As a leader in the industry, I plan to help educate the public on the truths about how their food is produced.