Farm Credit East, the Northeast's largest ag lending cooperative, recently awarded $42,000 in college scholarships to 28 recipients. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship to apply towards his or her higher education.
"This year's scholarship recipients aspire to make a difference in their communities and are well on their way to becoming agriculture's future leaders," says CEO Bill Lipinski. "Our program supports students with diverse career aspirations in agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries from across our six-state territory."
Here are the recipients listed by the state that their home farm is located in:
New England recipients
•Amy Drogue, of Derry, N.H., is studying biomedical science/pre-vet at the University of New Hampshire. Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian.
•Emily Chittenden, of Schodack Landing, N.Y., will be studying agricultural science at Cornell University to pursue a career in agribusiness.
•Hillary Breene, of West Greenwich, R.I., studies agribusiness at Kansas State University. She aspires to work in agricultural public policy.
•Lauren Finger, of Lebanon, Conn., will attend the University of Connecticut to major in animal science. Her goal is to become a small animal or equine veterinarian.
•Max Wolf, of Lebanon, Conn., attends Pennsylvania State University where he majors in animal science. Max plans a career in dairy marketing and analysis.
•Matthew Fletcher, of Southampton, Mass., will be majoring in animal science at SUNY Morrisville State College. He aspires to become a dairy farmer.
•Mariah Allen, of Rochester, Mass., will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy where she will major in marine safety and environmental protection. Mariah plans a career as an environmental safety officer.
•Carly Aravena, of Bethel, Conn., will be attending SUNY Morrisville State College to major in animal science. Carly plans a career in dairy production.
New Jersey recipients
•Kaitlyn Eachus, of Elmer, N.J., plans to attend Cumberland County College to major in agribusiness/dairy science. She will be working toward a career as a dairy herd manager.
•Peter Etsch, of Monroe Township, N.J., attends Delaware Valley College where he is studying crop science as he works toward a career as a farm owner/manager.
•Tyler Gravatt, of Allentown, N.J., plans to attend the University of Delaware to study mechanical engineering. Tyler plans a career as a mechanical engineer.
New York recipients
•Claire Mulligan, of Avon, N.Y., is studying animal science at Cornell University as she works toward a career in agribusiness.
•Marissa Rice, of Avon, N.Y., plans to study biology/pre-vet at Cornell University. Marissa aspires to become a large animal veterinarian.
•Maxwell Russell, of Appleton, N.Y., attends Cornell University where he majors in applied economics and management. Maxwell plans to become a farm owner/manager.
•Clyde Sammons, of Johnstown, N.Y., will attend Cornell University to major in animal science. Clyde plans a career in dairy herd and crop management.
•Greer Doody, of Tully, N.Y., will be majoring in natural resource conservation at SUNY Morrisville State College. Her career goal is to become a conservation planner.
•Danielle Teed, of Watkins Glen, N.Y., is attending Alfred State SUNY College of Technology where she majors in veterinary technology. Danielle aspires to become a large animal veterinarian.
•Stephanie Genrich, of Rochester, N.Y., attends The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute where she is majoring in garden center and greenhouse management with an eye toward a career as a farm manager.
•Jenna Hill, of Clyde, N.Y., is working towards a career as a large animal veterinarian at Houghton College, where she majors in biology/pre-vet.
•Mary-Elizabeth Foote, of Hartford, N.Y., is attending Penn State University where she majors in agricultural education and extension. She aspires to a career in agricultural communications.
•Sam McDermott, of Granville, N.Y., is working towards a career in produce distribution at Cornell University where he majors in food science.
•Leann Green, of Troupsburg, N.Y., is majoring in agricultural communications at SUNY Cobleskill. Leann plans a career as an agriculture educator.
•Stephen Pennings, of Warwick, N.Y., attends Cornell University where he majors in agricultural sciences. He is working towards a career in agribusiness.
•Eric Putman, of Heuvelton, N.Y., is working towards a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Purdue University. He plans a career as a farm owner/large animal veterinarian.
•Kendra Ellis, of Astoria, N.Y., attends Cornell University where she majors in agriculture science. Kendra is working towards a career as a farm owner/manager.
•Tristan Keil, of Mattituck, N.Y., will be attending Cornell University to major in animal science as he works towards a career as a large animal veterinarian.
•Rayne Paddock, of Remsen, N.Y., majors in dairy science at Cornell University. Rayne aspires to become a farm owner/manager.
•Quade Kirk, of Ava, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill. Quade majors in agricultural business as he works toward a career in agricultural sales.
Farm Credit East scholarships are for college-bound students with career aspirations in agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing. To be a candidate for a 2014 scholarship, contact a Farm Credit East branch office or visit https://farmcrediteast.com
. Applications will be available in January 2014.