Dear Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees,
Thank you for the generous scholarship award and for your continued support of the Agricultural Industry. Your commitment to students is greatly appreciated and I can’t begin to thank you enough. This scholarship award will be put to good use as I complete my 4th year of veterinary school to become a Food Animal Veterinarian. Scholarships such as this one help to relieve some of the financial burden of veterinary school and will allow me to focus on more educational opportunities to further prepare myself for a career in the industry. Thank you for all that you do.
Having grown up on a grain and livestock farm in northeast Ohio, I was fortunate enough to gain hands on experience in the livestock industry at a young age. I was always intrigued at how essential animal health was to the overall productivity of the animals, and this is what led to my desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. My passion for production livestock and the importance of animal health has stayed with me over the years, which is why I am currently attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine to become a Food-Animal Veterinarian.
My experience with livestock production began as I assisted on my family’s sheep operation as a child and showed animals at the county fair. As I grew older and my interests changed, I also raised club pigs and more importantly, beef cattle. I began the beef cattle operation on my farm all on my own when I obtained a youth agricultural loan through the USDA and purchased five bred Angus-cross beef cows. My initial goals with this loan were commercial, but they soon proved to be exceedingly educational. I gained the majority of my knowledge not from books, but from experience. My cattle operation has now transitioned to a 20 cow club-calf operation, and I spend a great deal of time on genetics, utilizing artificial insemination and embryo transfer to make the best genetic improvements. Aside from my experience with beef cattle at home, I have been fortunate enough to work at two different cow-calf operations in the area as well. These farms have given me invaluable experience with beef cattle, and have served as the foundation for my success in veterinary school. In addition to my hands-on experience in the cattle industry, my experience working alongside numerous veterinarians has been instrumental to my development as a future clinician.
Upon graduation, my goal is to return to northeast Ohio to join a large-animal practice. With an interest in bovine reproduction, I would like to start performing embryo transfer work as well. I have spent time working alongside veterinarians at Eastern Buckeye Vet, Lisbon Vet, NOVA Vet, and Van Dyke Embryo Transfer. As you can see, my academic success, strong work ethic, and my real-world experience in the industry prove that I am a remarkably competitive scholarship applicant. I am continuously working hard in the classroom and seeking internship opportunities to be the best veterinarian that I can be. Receiving this scholarship would help to lessen the financial burden that comes along with veterinary school, and would allow me to focus on more educational opportunities and internships to better prepare myself for a career in Food-Animal Medicine. If selected for this scholarship, I would be sure to represent the Targeting Excellence Foundation and the livestock industry as a whole in a positive manner and serve as a role model for future applicants of the award. I am very eager to continue to contribute to the industry that I am so passionate about.