Selena Ibarra

Selena Ibarra

2018 Undergraduate Award (North Carolina)
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Thank you so much for this wonderful award. I will make sure to live up to the expectations that this scholarship brings and am grateful for people like you who make education affordable to students like me.

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I am a first-generation Latina student and have already obtained my associates degree in applied science in Livestock and Poultry Management from the Agriculture Institute at NC State University. I am now pursuing my bachelor’s degree at NC State majoring in animal science. I come from a family of farmworkers who came to this country and worked in the fields to provide for my family. Growing up I had an appreciation for agriculture specifically livestock, as I always enjoyed being around animals. I come from a large family and am the oldest in 11 children so growing up we had to have our own chickens for meat and eggs which further increased my appreciation for livestock.Once I came to college, I have attended two annual Latinos in Agriculture conferences held in Texas and I have been the recipient of the Dale and Genia Bone scholarship in the past which is a scholarship awarded to children of farmworkers. I have completed a summer internship at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, which is a certified organic and pasture-raised farm. During the internship I worked in taking care of the animals and did a lot of animal husbandry work with were chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs.The Agriculture Institute at NC State University has also given me extensive amount of hands-on experience working with a diversity of livestock and operating a farm. Now my current objective is to graduate from my bachelor’s degree in animal science and obtain more hands-on experience and diversify my knowledge in the field of animal science by working with a variety of different animals. I plan on getting job and a career in the animal industry and work primarily in sustainable agriculture. I also want to someday be able to start up my own sustainable chicken farm and have both broilers and layers and become part of the next generation of farmers.