I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the Targeting Excellence sponsors for making this scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support.
In the fall, I will be a senior majoring in AgriScience Education. My passion for this area of study and for agriculture is rooted in my past with animal agriculture. My involvements in the Ohio 4H program, where I exhibited market swine, is one of the main reasons I have chosen a career in agriculture. Animal agriculture has and always will be a vital focus throughout my life and career.
The financial assistance this scholarship will provide me with will be a great help in paying my educational expenses. I have set a goal for myself to graduate from my undergraduate career debt free, and scholarships like this are allowing me to achieve that goal. Thank you again for the generosity and support.
I look out across the classroom, and I see a few rows of eyes filled with enthusiasm and the eagerness to learn. Each student has a pencil and pad of paper in hand ready to capture the notes of the day’s content. After some time in the classroom, we transition into the laboratory where students could demonstrate their new-found knowledge from the day in a hands-on environment. Their energy is contagious, and I find myself just as excited to instruct as they are to learn. It seems that our fifty-minute class period zips by, as we have learned so much in so little time. The students gather their things and rotate to the next class of the day, and I await the next unique group of individuals to enter my classroom.
My name is Wyatt Jones and I am currently a junior at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, I will have obtained a degree in Agriscience Education with a minor in Production Agriculture. This degree will allow me to instruct an agricultural based curriculum at the high school level. Along with being an Ag teacher, I will have the opportunity to be an FFA advisor. The National FFA Organization is the largest youth-led organization in the nation. Today, over 600,000 members across the United States, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, are working hard to advance our nation’s most valuable industry—agriculture.
By being an agricultural educator, I believe my role will have a serious impact on the advancement of the entirety of the agricultural industry. As 98 percent of our nation is removed from agriculture, it will be my duty to instill a passion for the industry into those students who are uninvolved in agriculture. In this way, I will have the opportunity to support the advancement of the industry by building supreme leaders in my classroom that will someday be leaders in areas of agricultural production. This will be accomplished by providing students with authentic tasks, and striving to abide by the FFA mission statement that states: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
I understand that the agricultural industry is vital to our nation, as are many other areas of production. In pursuing an ag-related career that also allows me to work with youth, I will provide students with the ability to recognize where their food and fiber comes from, and how imperative the Ag industry is to our livelihood. By having educators begin to reinforce this thinking at a younger level, I believe the agricultural industry, and those areas within the industry, will thrive with the pristine leaders that are first created in the classroom.