GPFES Awards Scholarships

By December 16, 2013Featured, News

Continuing a long standing practice of financially supporting promising, upcoming students in the field of agriculture, GPFES has again awarded four undergraduate scholarships totaling $9,000.00 for the school year 2013/2014. Based on an extensive application and review process, this year’s winners are most impressive. All are students pursuing a career in some phase of agriculture. They were notified of their award and given a check prior to the fall semester. While they will be introduced at the Winter Meeting in January, here is a biographical sketch of each recipient.

Michasia Harris of Tifton received the $3,000.00 Jimmy and Bunny Champion Academic Achievement Award. She currently is a student at UGA Tifton majoring in Agriscience and Environmental Systems having received an Associate’s Degree from ABAC with a 3.93 GPA.

She is not sure yet what path her four year degree will lead her but her “passion is definitely agriculture.” Currently she is looking at becoming a County Agriculture Extension Agent or possibly a research scientist.

She is working in the Entomology Department’s Center for Invasive Species as a Digital Image Specialist while attending school. Summer employment has included work on campus research plots and, most recently, as a crop scout. Michasia has been recognized as a “Distinguished Honors” student for having completed 45 academic semester hours with a cumulative Regent’s GPA of 3.75 or higher. In addition, she received the Discipline award from the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Agriscience and Environmental Systems degree.

She has been active in a number of college extracurricular activities as a participant and as a leader.

Three students received a $2,000.00 J. Fielding Reed Scholarship.

Hunter Chess Brock from Arabi received one of the scholarships and is majoring in Agri/Business: Business Administration with a 3.25 GPA at UGA Athens. He grew up on one of Georgia’s Centennial Farms where he worked with his grandfather and father in soil and water conservation and wild-life habitat development as well as best use practices through NRCS. The family won Crisp County’s Soil Conservationist of the Year award for “Hunter’s Corner,” a sixty acre tract he helped develop.

As a 4-H project, with a horse and carriage he began a successful business he named “Happily Ever-After Carriage Company” and won 1st place in state competition in the Extensions Workforce Development project.

Although his career decision is not final, it will involve Agriculture Production in a setting that that will optimize his farm background and academic experience and knowledge with an eye towards preserving the environment. He intends to be a voice in his community politically and throughout the governmental process.

He has won numerous awards including a Costa Rica Agricultural Internship through UGA to name one. His list of extracurricular activities is extensive. He is a former cast member in Clovers and Company and a current assistant. He has been a guest speaker at 4-H Club events, church, civic and social gatherings and more

Cole Brogden is a scholarship winner and hails from Irwinton. A second year student at UGA Tifton, he is majoring in Diversified Agriculture with a GPA of 3.65. Raised on a farm, he has a background in general farm work and management as well as in an off-farm job of vineyard maintenance.

He plans on getting a master’s degree from UGA leading to a career with an agricultural fertilizer/ chemical company in sales or product development.

Cole has been active in campus activities such as the ABAC Cattlemen’s Association serving as Chaplain, Honor’s Club representative and senator in the Student Government Association, member of the Agriculture Engineering and Technology Club, Chapter Relations Officer for the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association, member of ABAC Beef Team and Beta Club and several others.

He has received four scholarships since high school and was chosen to represent the Laurens County and ABAC Cattlemen’s Associations at the National Convention in Tampa, Florida in 2013.

The third J. Fielding Reed Scholarship recipient is Riley Glenn Davis of Dawson who is working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Diversified Agriculture degree with a GPA of 3.83 at ABACA. As he approaches graduation he will decide on a master’s degree. He is considering career options of farming or one in the agriculture industry or a combination of both.

Riley is a certified cotton scout and has completed an internship required by his degree program, at the USDA National Research Peanut Lab in Dawson. He attended the Cotton Board’s Annual: “Young Guns” Tour last June.

He has been active in a number of school organizations and has earned numerous college, school and fraternity academic honors including in 2013, named to the ABAC Honor Society, ABAC Distinguished Honor Student¸ ABAC Diversified Agriculture Technology Discipline Award and recipient of both the ABAC Alumni and the Feed & Grain Association Scholarships. Riley was also named an International Society of Baccalaureate Scholar. He is a founding member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity on the Tifton Campus.