I would like to that the TE Sponsors, Board, and Committees for selecting me to receive this scholarship. The cost of college can sometimes be a burden and with the help of this scholarship, I am able to obtain my educational goals without the financial stress. I am honored to be a recipient of the Targeting Excellence scholarship. I am excited about what my future holds for me and I am grateful for your support in helping my dreams become a reality.
Ever since I was nine years old, I have exhibited livestock including goats, swine, and cattle. I currently spend most of my time showing cattle and swine at county, state, regional, and national shows. I keep up-to-date with current issues by being involved in different livestock associations and holding different leadership positions. In 2017, I served as Secretary of the NC Junior Angus Association, and in 2018 I served as the NC Angus Queen. I currently serve as the association’s treasurer. I serve also as a member of the NC Hereford Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, American Boer Goat Association, FFA, and 4-H. With my families help, I tend and harvest about 12 acres of Coastal Bermuda hay that I use to feed my cattle. Through this activity, I am able to fully understand the inputs and resources required to raise a crop. I have engaged myself in leadership opportunities such as Leaders Engaged in Angus Development, Perry and Doris Teeter Beef Leadership Institute, and IFAL at NC State University that have shaped me into being a good leader and advocate for the agriculture industry. These programs have helped me developed as a person and have helped broaden my education and knowledge about the cattle and swine industry, and agriculture in general.
Currently, I am attending Wayne Community College working toward an Associates’ Degree in Applied Animal Science Technology. After I graduate I plan to transfer to a University to further my education. I plan to work for a swine business, hopefully as a breeding and farrowing manager, or operate my own business, breeding, farrowing, and producing pigs. I even plan to own and operate my own sow farm and expand as the years go by. My plans include continued efforts toward raising show pigs in order to give younger showmen the same opportunities that I have had. Instilling livestock showing in the lives of my own children will also be a goal of mine. Giving back to the community and to the agriculture industry is what I take pride in. I will continue to participate in Livestock Associations in order to stay current on certain issues in the cattle and swine industry and continue to mentor fellow exhibitors. Livestock showing has molded me into the person I am today. The experiences and the lessons learned through my involvement with agriculture will be engraved in me for the rest of my life. The same determination and dedication that I have for showing livestock will allow me to accomplish the goals that I have set for my future. The cost of college can sometimes be a burden. It would not be possible to reach my educational and personal career goals without financial support to help offset the cost of college tuition. This scholarship will help me in making my dreams and goals a reality and will assist by allowing my education in agriculture to be more obtainable. Receiving this scholarship would be an honor and I am very thankful for the opportunity.