Sophomore selected for Mid America CropLife Association 2019 Young Leadership Scholarship Program


Written by Kendell Combs

Sara Lechlider (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Gaithersburg, MD) was recently selected to participate in the 2019 Young Leadership Scholarship Program through the Mid America Croplife Association. Sara found out about this opportunity through WASUP and emails sent by AGEC advisors. The MACA Young Leadership Scholarship Program “is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities.”

The scholarship application focused on Sara’s summer internship, as the applicant must have an internship preferably within the crop protection industry secured for the summer before applying. Sara wrote a short essay on the details of her internship as well as one on why she was interested in participating in the program. “Through this experience, I mainly hope to network. Companies involved in the crop protection industry from all over the country will be available for me to network with and hopefully help me in narrowing down my future career goals. I am also looking forward to meeting with the other leaders at other agricultural universities who were also selected for this scholarship opportunity.”

Sara explains that this scholarship program carries lots of great perks, “but with great perks comes great responsibilities.” The main responsibility after being selected is that you must attend the MACA Annual Meeting which is held for three days in Indianapolis, IN during September. This is where the majority of the networking occurs between students and companies. Sara’s other responsibility is to keep in contact with her host mentors, as each student selected for the program receives two “hosts.” These individuals are from companies within the crop industry who are in close proximity to wherever their student is located. One of Sara’s hosts is Matt Wagner, a Purdue graduate, who is the National Accounts Manager for Green Leaf, Inc. and lives in Lafayette, IN. Her other host is Lindsey Jackson, the Packaged Logistics Leader for Corteva Agriscience, and she lives in Indianapolis, IN. Both Lindsey and Matt will be mentoring Sara through the upcoming year, as well as for the rest of her time at Purdue if needed. They will also be at the annual meeting in September where Sara can also interact with them. Sara is looking forward to this opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the crop protection industry through this experience.

To find out more about the MACA Young Leadership Scholarship Program, you can follow this link: https://www.maca.org/young-leader-scholarship-program/.



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