Nine deserving high school seniors win $1,000 ag scholarships
Nine high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from Oklahoma Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies and its Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
The scholarships were awarded to students representing the nine Farm Bureau districts across the state. To qualify for the scholarships, the students must pursue agricultural degrees at an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher learning. They also must be a member of a Farm Bureau family holding a voting membership.
Melissa Johanna Barth of Gage was the district one recipient. Upon graduation, Barth plans to attend Oklahoma State University where she will pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. Her future goals include operating a mixed animal practice in a rural setting.
Thomas’ Carissa Taylor was the recipient in district two. She plans to enroll at Oklahoma State University and has chosen agricultural leadership as her intended degree. Taylor hopes to be an agronomist, developing technologies beneficial to the agriculture industry’s future.
William Timothy Osborn of Tuttle was the recipient in district three. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University and obtain an agricultural economics degree before returning to the family operation in Grady County as a fourth generation farmer/rancher.
Aaron James Coffey of Springer was the recipient in district four. He plans to enroll at Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in agricultural economics. His aspirations include helping farmers and ranchers with their agricultural finances.
Wetumka’s Kaysie Fields was the recipient in district five. She plans to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College to pursue a degree in agricultural communications. Fields career plans involve combination of agriculture, photography and journalism.
Johnna J. Pierce of Nowata was the recipient in district six. She plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Pierce will pursue a degree in agriculture ecology and hopes to become involved in the livestock nutrition field, developing more efficient rations for livestock to reduce costs and increase profit margin.
Fairview’s Drake Matthew Gard was the district seven recipient. Gard plans to attend Oklahoma State University where he will pursue a degree in plant and soil science. Seeing the demand for new technology and farming practices, his career choice involves consulting and research.
Timothy William Roberts of Washington was the district eight recipient. He plans to enroll at Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in agricultural education.
Pawnee’s Megan Bryant was the district nine recipient. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University with an animal science major. Bryant’s future plans involve livestock merchandising. She hopes to one day work for a cattle organization or breed association.