Penn State students awarded 2014 Pa. Farm Show scholarships

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ten Penn State students, including eight enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were among 25 who received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

The students were recognized before the show's Junior Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions on Jan. 7.

The foundation awards scholarships to young people who are registered in a post-secondary educational institution and who have exhibited livestock at the Farm Show. To be chosen, students must exhibit leadership qualities and excellent academic performance, according to the foundation.

Since 2005, the College of Agricultural Sciences has contributed additional scholarship money to students enrolled in good standing in the college who receive Farm Show scholarships. The amount of this year's scholarship is $3,500, and the college will add $2,000, bringing the total to $5,500.

"The Farm Show represents the pinnacle for young livestock exhibitors," said Tracy Hoover, the college's associate dean for undergraduate education. "To be successful, these students have had to demonstrate knowledge, dedication and an incredible work ethic -- traits that will help them achieve in their chosen professions long after they graduate from Penn State. We're delighted to be able to support them as they continue their academic careers."

Following are the eight College of Ag Sciences recipients of 2014 Farm Show scholarships:

-- Joy Beam, of Elverson, a freshman majoring in Animal Science.

-- Angela Becker, of East Millsboro, a freshman majoring in Animal Science.

-- Kara Dunmire, of Monongahela, a sophomore majoring in Food Science.

-- Megan Keller, of Waterfall, a junior majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education.

-- Samantha McKinney, of Rebersburg, a junior majoring in Animal Science.

--S teven Meyer, of Warfordsburg, a sophomore majoring in Biological Engineering.

-- Kayce Myers, of Wellsville, a freshman majoring in Agricultural Science at Penn State York.

-- Kaytee Norris, of Hopewell, a junior majoring in Animal Science.

Other Penn State students awarded Farm Show scholarships were:

--Ethan Knopsnider, of White, a sophomore majoring in Building Engineering Technology at Penn State Fayette.

--Kayla Wright, of Cassville, a sophomore majoring in Nursing.

The Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship money to more than 400 students since its founding in 1993.

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Last Updated January 08, 2014