AGEC Farm Credit Mid America Scholars
Written by Laura Barrett, Ag. Communications & Ag. Economics, Class of 2022
AGEC students Dane Chapman (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN), Nelson Knoblogh (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Wolcott, IN), and Monica Compton (Junior; Agribusiness Finance; Logansport, IN) are recipients of the Farm Credit College Leaders Scholarship. They attended their first-year leadership event (pictured) this past August.
The Farm Credit College Leaders Scholarship is awarded to students from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennesse. Once selected they receive scholarship money along with the opportunity to travel for a week-long learning and leadership program at the Farm Credit Midamerica Headquarters in Louisville. This year they focused on topics such as; personal branding, professionalism and career advice, strengths finder, and accountability training. The same group of scholars will next year travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Our students all enjoyed their experiences in the program so far and emphasized the value of making new connections with other agriculture students across the Midwest. Meeting new people was our student’s favorite part of the program because the scholars share a passion for agriculture, and they enjoyed hearing each other’s unique story. Monica says that she, “would have never imagined building such strong connections in only a five-day time frame, but everyone was so welcoming and easy to talk to!”
Not only did Purdue students network with other agriculture students from around the Midwest, but they met people within the Farm Credit headquarters. Nelson says some of the biggest take-aways from this experience were, “the personal brand training, opportunities to network with people like FCMA CEO Bill Johnson, and leadership development sessions.”
This program is a great opportunity to not only receive a scholarship but also to network and improve leadership skills. Dane advocates for the program by saying, “If you still have two years left of your college education, I would encourage you to apply for this scholarship program because it has been a very rewarding experience for me and I am confident it would have a similar impact for you.”