AFP awards $9,000 in scholarships to students
EASTON, Md. — Five students studying for agriculture-related careers were selected to receive scholarships totaling $9,000 from American Farm Publications, publisher of The Delmarva Farmer and The New Jersey Farmer newspapers.
“It’s been very encouraging to read the applications of so many students who want to make an impact on their family farms and in advancing agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond,” said Sean Clougherty, AFP managing editor. “We wish them all the best in their agricultural pursuits.”
Students selected for the scholarships were Crystal Bradford of Millsboro, Del., Leslie Webb of Greenwood, Del., Daniel Heyser of Silver Spring, Md., Xingchen Liu of Berwyn Heights, Md., and Peter Arnold of Chestertown, Md.
Bradford worked in the criminal justice system for 22 years and then “fell in love with a farmer.” The relationship led her to pursue an associates degree in production agriculture at Delaware Technical and Community College, while continuing to work full-time. Her plans are to complete another associate degree in agriculture business from Del-Tech.
“With each step my interest in agriculture has been” piqued, she wrote in her sholarship application essay, “broadening my horizons and has left me yearning for more education in the agriculture field.”
Bradford was also selected by Bruce Hotchkiss, retired senior editor of American Farm Publications, as the recipient of an additional $1,500 from the proceeds of the “Honoring a Legend” newspaper supplement published in March 2018.
Webb grew up on her family’s grain and poultry farm and said she was inspired to pursue agriculture as a career from competing in the Delaware Envirothon as a 4-H member.
Heading to the University of Delaware next year, her plans are to major in environmental engineering and work to create new ways to conserve natural resources and protect farmland.
Heyser is part of the fourth generation of his family’s fruit and vegetable farm and an on-farm market
Majoring in agriculture business management at the University of Maryland College Park, Heyser said he is intent on continuing the family farm after college.
“Farming is not just a job or career for me,” he wrote in his scholarship application. “It’s a way of life. The only way I know.”
Liu is a graduate student at the University of Maryland College Park Plant Science Department studying the interactions between human pathogens and fresh produce. “My current research aims to explore plant-based chemicals that limit the growth of human pathogens on the surface of leafy greens,” she wrote in her application. She has set goals of working for University of Maryland Extension to bring the latest research to farmers and work internationally helping farmers all over the world.
“I would love to share my expertise in food safety and working experience with all farmers, thus feeding more people safely in the future,” she wrote.
Arnold grew up on his family’s farm in Northern Queen Anne’s County and plans to major in plant science in college. He said his decision to pursue a career in agriculture was fostered by working on the farm over the years and being involved in an “awesome” local agricultural community.
“I’m so excited to go to college and further my education,” Arnold wrote in his application. “I look forward to the challenges I will encounter. I can’t wait to be a part of such a great industry.”
To raise funds for future scholarships, American Farm Publications is holding a Sporting Clay Tournament on Friday, Aug. 23 at Schraders Outdoors in Henderson, Md.
For more information on the tournament, contact Tiffany Polly at 800-634-5021.
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