Thank you Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committee for this opportunity! It is an honor to receive this scholarship. It would not be possible to reach my educational and personal career goals without the financial support of this organization to help offset the cost of college tuition. This scholarship will help make my educational goals to be more obtainable. I am excited to start the University of Mount Olive in the fall to further my degree in agriculture. Thank you again for this opportunity!
I have exhibited livestock since I was nine years old including goats, swine, and cattle. I currently spend most of my time showing cattle and swine at county, state, regional, and national shows. I breed and raise the cattle and pigs that I show. Livestock showing has allowed me to make many lifelong friends of all ages. It has taught me many life lessons and has been an influence in my life. I have learned to be a humble winner and a gracious loser. It has taught me that dedication and hard work does pays off. I keep up-to-date with current issues by being involved in different livestock associations and holding different leadership positions. Currently, I am a full time student at Wayne Community College. I will graduate in May with two Associate’s Degrees in Applied Animal Science Technology and Swine Management. My plan is to transfer to University of Mount Olive as a full time student, in the fall, majoring in Ag Production Systems. This degree will allow me to continue to advocate for the agriculture industry. I want to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree and start a career in the swine industry. As a motivated and dedicated worker, I want to manage a sow farm; breeding, farrowing, processing, and taking part in the daily care of the pigs, this is my dream job, but I would be happy doing anything involving swine. My goal is to expand my current stock and operate my own sow farm. I can manage my business and hire others to assist me as my business grows. 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 and people that may not know about agriculture. I plan to continue to show livestock at state, regional and national shows until I age out. I intend to continue to raise cattle and pigs to sell to young exhibitors in order to give them the same opportunities that I have experienced. My determination and dedication will allow me to accomplish goals that I have set for myself.