Student wins national poultry scholarship award

Hannah Atkins, a Penn State animal science major and poultry and avian science minor, has been awarded one of four national scholarships from the National Poultry Food and Distributors Association.

Atkins earned the association's Albin S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship. With plans to become an avian veterinarian, the junior from Lewistown has raised and shown poultry through 4-H and worked in Mifflin County as a volunteer poultry technician.
 
Atkins has worked in the Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory and as a poultry research assistant in avian virologist Huaguang Lu's laboratory. She will spend the 2008-09 school year residing at the Penn State Poultry Education and Research Center, assisting the manager in caring for the center's experimental flocks.
 
After serving as treasurer and Webmaster for the Penn State Poultry Science Club from 2007 to 2008, Atkins was elected president of the club for 2008-09, while also holding the positions of vice president and Webmaster of the University's Earth House. She served as the Keystone State's 2007 Poultry Ambassador, acting as an official spokesperson for Pennsylvania's poultry industry.
 
Atkins was inducted into Penn State's Coaly Society in 2007. A talented painter, she currently works as an assistant graphic designer for the College of Agricultural Sciences, holds a gold belt in martial arts and raises exhibition poultry and pygmy goats.
 
The National Poultry Food and Distributors Association has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to full-time students pursuing an agriculture, poultry or food science-related degree since its inception in 1979. Aspiring to foster "people resources" and to assist students in becoming effective leaders for the poultry and food industry, the association awards each student from $1,500 to $2,000 per scholarship.
 
All land-grant colleges and universities and other qualified schools are alerted about the scholarships each winter for the following academic year. Eligible students submit an application, an essay discussing their goals and aspirations, and letters of recommendation.
 
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Last Updated March 19, 2009