Local Students Receive Alabama Farmer Agriculture Foundation Scholarship – The Madison Record
By Marlee Moore
AUBURN – The Alabama Farmers Federation is sowing the seeds of a healthy future by awarding $ 133,250 in scholarships to students at Auburn University (AU) seeking degrees in agriculture, forestry and allied industries.
Eighty students were honored at the organization’s scholarship reception at Lazenby Farms in Auburn on September 27. During the event, Federation President Jimmy Parnell encouraged the students to bond with other students – and future colleagues – while at Auburn.
“While in Auburn, I built a network of friends all over this state,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell, an AU alumnus in agricultural affairs and economics. “It was probably the most important thing I had at Auburn. I encourage each of you to build this network.
“We are delighted to recognize an exceptional group of young people who have a very bright future ahead of them. We are happy to be a part of this.
A twinning program with the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF) and county farmers’ federations funded 57 scholarships valued at $ 1,750. Local federations in Baldwin, Chilton, Covington, Dale, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lee and Madison counties provided 21 additional scholarships.
Two students were awarded commemorative scholarships in honor of industry leaders. Clay Conaway of Cullman County received the Ronny Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, while Cole Lincoln of Mobile County won the Mike Henry Memorial Scholarship. Conaway is a senior student in poultry science, production stream; Lincoln, a junior, is studying animal science majoring in meat science.
During the program, AU sophomore Ka’Shiya McKinney thanked Federation leaders for their support.
“Thank you for relieving us a bit of the financial burden so that we can be the future of farming and focus on our classes,” said McKinney, a pre-vet track student in poultry science from Tallapoosa County. “We want to go back to the industry that supported us. “
Lee County Farmers Federation President Jamie Lazenby praised the students for their dedication to education and the state’s greater industry.
“Of all the things we do in this organization, granting scholarships is one of my favorites,” said Lazenby. “It’s a great opportunity for the students.
The Federation began awarding scholarships to AU students in 1983. In 2009, AFAF was founded to provide further support for agricultural education and is funded by sales of Ag Tag.
Scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year open in November at AlfaFarmers.org/scholarships.