By Maggie Edwards
The Alabama Farmers Federation is cultivating growth and inspiring future leaders as it awards more than $140,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, forestry and related fields at Auburn University (AU).
Eighty-two students were recognized during the organization’s annual scholarship reception Sept. 26 at Lazenby Farms in Auburn.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised the achievements.
“We are committed to the next generation,” said Parnell. “We believe that these students are the future of this state, nation and this organization.”
During the reception, Parnell left the students with this charge: work hard, think and make connections – advice given to him during his time as an AU College of Agriculture student in the ‘80s.
A special program between the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF) and county Farmers Federations helps provide $1,750 scholarships to land-grant university students.
During the evening, three students were awarded special scholarships honoring individuals who played an integral part in the agriculture industry. Maggie Holloway of Cullman County received the Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, and Will Jordan of Clay County won the Mike Henry Memorial Scholarship.
Will Cowan of Lee County was awarded the special recognition Alabama Catfish Producers scholarship.
AU sophomore Kameria Doss from Pickens County spoke on behalf of recipients during the reception. Doss thanked the Federation for its financial support throughout her college career.
Doss is a biosystems engineering major who plans to focus on environmental problems and designing equipment to aid agriculture.
“I desire to discover and improve upon new ways to sustain our natural resources,” Doss said. “Growing up, I would spend my summers with my grandparents on their farm. I desire for their farm, and farms across Alabama, to be a place generations can enjoy.”
Chambers County Farmers Federation President Chris Langley congratulated recipients on their success and encouraged them to think boldly – and plan.
“My goal is for y’all to see through a crystal ball and look out to your future,” Langley said. “You have to have faith in the Lord and your family. That will carry you through.”
Scholarships from the Federation have been awarded to AU students since 1983. AFAF was founded in 2009 as a platform to support agricultural education and is primarily funded through Ag Tag sales.
The 2023-2024 scholarship application opens Nov. 1 and can be found at AlfaFarmers.org/scholarships.
See photos of scholarship recipients on the Alabama Farmers Federation Flickr and Facebook pages.
|Noah Carter||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||Autauga|
|Garrett Springs||Agricultural Science||Senior||Baldwin|
|Regan Smart||Environmental Science||Junior||Baldwin|
|Hunter Cochran||Wildlife Enterprise Management||Sophomore||Barbour|
|Taylor Edwards||Agricultural Communications||Junior||Bibb|
|Corley Williams||Agricultural Communications||Sophomore||Blount|
|Tanner Dunkin||Agricultural Business & Economics||Senior||Butler|
|Will West||Agricultural Science||Sophomore||Calhoun|
|Kayleigh Scarborough||Agricultural Communications||Sophomore||Chambers|
|Michael Pigg||Biosystems Engineering||Senior||Chambers|
|Wesley Rogers||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Senior||Cherokee|
|Mary Beth Hall||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Freshman||Chilton|
|Kalie Lindsey||Animal Sciences (Animal/Allied Industries)||Senior||Choctaw|
|Kristen Mays||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Senior||Cleburne|
|Robert Ahlstrom||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Colbert|
|Abby Dunn||Agricultural Business & Economics||Senior||Conecuh|
|Alli Broom||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Sophomore||Coosa|
|Anna Kate Courson||Biosystems Engineering (Ecological)||Junior||Covington|
|Branyon Clarke||Environmental Science||Senior||Covington|
|Dawson Jernigan||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Sophomore||Covington|
|Laura Syler||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||Covington|
|Kyndal Staley||Poultry Science (Production)||Senior||Crenshaw|
|Drew Conway||Pre-Biosystems Engineering (Forestry)||Freshman||Cullman|
|Blake Carroll||Animal Sciences (Meat Science)||Junior||Dale|
|Ethan Brown||Agricultural Business & Economics||Senior||Dale|
|Caroline Thomas||Agricultural Business & Economics||Sophomore||Dallas|
|Maddie Jackson||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||DeKalb|
|Abigail Luster||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Junior||Elmore|
|John Rhodes||Biological & Agricultural Technology Management||Freshman||Escambia|
|Emma Stough||Applied Biotechnology||Junior||Etowah|
|Cole Saunders||Agricultural Science||Sophomore||Geneva|
|Miranda Gajdos||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Sophomore||Hale|
|Becky Bass||Poultry Science (Production)||Junior||Henry|
|Caitlin Falkner||Agricultural Business & Economics||Sophomore||Henry|
|Cole VanScyoc||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Henry|
|Hayden McWaters||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Henry|
|Annaleigh Poland||Fisheries & Allied Aquaculture (Pre-Vet)||Senior||Houston|
|Jacob Sizemore||Biological & Agricultural Technology Management||Senior||Houston|
|Jenna Holley||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Senior||Houston|
|Abigail Crosby||Animal Sciences (Animal/Allied Industries)||Junior||Lamar|
|Tori Spry||Agricultural Communications||Freshman||Lauderdale|
|Tanner Hood||Agricultural Communications||Senior||Lawrence|
|Carter Freeman||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Freshman||Lee|
|Emily Moore||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Sophomore||Lee|
|John Hixon||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||Lee|
|Julia Bush||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Lee|
|Megan Woodall||Pre-Agriscience Education||Senior||Jackson|
|Susan Iott||Environmental Science||Senior||Limestone|
|Abigail Lane||Biological & Agricultural Technology Management||Senior||Lowndes|
|Bennett Givhan||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Madison|
|Hunter Rials||Animal Sciences (Animal/Allied Industries)||Junior||Madison|
|Jay Moore||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Junior||Madison|
|Reese Stogner||Wildlife Ecology & Management||Senior||Madison|
|Will Yates||Biological & Agricultural Technology Management||Senior||Marengo|
|Madelyn Seaman||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Junior||Marion|
|Garrett Royster||Poultry Science (Production)||Sophomore||Marshall|
|Mason Belcher||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Junior||Montgomery|
|Lee Murray||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||Morgan|
|Kameria Doss||Pre-Biosystems Engineering||Sophomore||Pickens|
|Lawson Scarbrough||Agricultural Business & Economics||Senior||Pike|
|Emery Norred||Agricultural Business & Economics||Sophomore||Randolph|
|Will Johnson||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Junior||Russell|
|Mallory Nabors||Agricultural Business & Economics||Freshman||Shelby|
|Rece Gleason||Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)||Sophomore||St. Clair|
|Jessica Hazel||Wildlife Enterprise Management||Junior||Talladega|
|Laura Thames||Wildlife Enterprise Management||Freshman||Tallapoosa|
|Jackson Elsberry||Crop & Soil Science (Turfgrass)||Junior||Tuscaloosa|
|Morgan Aldridge||Biosystems Engineering||Senior||Walker|
|William Hill||Environmental Science||Senior||Washington|
|Wood Hollinger||Agricultural Business & Economics||Junior||Wilcox|