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.