2017 Agriculture Future of America Scholarships Announced

2017 Agriculture Future of America Scholarships Announced

The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee has been a community partner with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) since 2000 supporting 24 students with agriculture scholarships and 6 students with Leadership Conference tuition, totaling $71,000.  AFA is a 501 (c) 3 corporation dedicated to helping support higher education and leader development of future agriculture producers and rural business leaders.

Various fund raising events have been held recently to support the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship for McPherson County. Most recently was the American Legion Family Night, Farm Forum and the Mac County Round Up 5K and 1 Mile Run.  The Ag Committee appreciates the support.

The AFA Leaders and Academic Scholarship is $4,200, consisting of a $3,200 academic scholarship. The additional $1,000 will sponsor the McPherson County recipient to the AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City in November of the scholarship year. McPherson County students that are pursuing agriculture-related, four-year degrees and are passionate about the future of the agriculture industry, are eligible to apply.

Two outstanding McPherson County seniors have been selected to receive scholarships this year:
Andrea Vandever-Moore of Inman High School, plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science and Industry. Andrea has been involved in Country Cousins 4-H Club and the various club activities, Angel Tree, Inman Food Bank Drive and Inman FFA Chapter activities.
Thomas J. Smith of McPherson High School, plans to attend Kansas State University majoring in Agricultural Economics. Thomas has been involved with McPherson Food Bank Drive, When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest, Farm Safety Day Camp, McPherson High School Student Council, Kansas Association for Youth (KAY), JAM, FCA, YAC, and Student Class President.

Congratulations to Andrea and Thomas.