Hoover honored with Kopp Award for undergraduate students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Allison Hoover, a junior majoring in agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students.

The award recognizes undergraduate students who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named in honor of the late deputy vice president for international programs.

A Schreyer Honors College student, Hoover said her goal is to be a high school agriculture teacher able to educate students about complex issues of the global food system. She is pursuing minors in international agriculture and sustainability leadership, participating in the humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship certification program through the College of Engineering and enrolling in the Spanish in the agricultural sciences program, which includes an immersion experience in Costa Rica.

In 2011, she was one of only two Future Farmers of America members in the country selected to attend World Food Prize events, and she returned to the international conference in 2012. She has shared her experiences and knowledge in local agricultural education classes, statewide agriculture teacher conferences and Penn State classes.

“Allison is a mature, committed student who already exhibits a high level of global competency and a passion for service to the international community,” one nominator said.

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Last Updated January 10, 2014