CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 18, 2015 – Two Southeast Missouri State University students recently were awarded the Missouri Young Farmer/Young Farm Wives Scholarship.
The recipients are Rylyn Small, a junior from East Prairie, Missouri, and Natalie Hoehn, a senior from Farmington, Missouri, both of whom are Southeast agricultural education majors.
The two were presented the scholarships while participating in the 2015 Missouri Young Farmer State Tour July 30-Aug. 1 in Mexico, Missouri. The tour included stops at Danuser; the Missouri Plant Science Center; ADM/Mid America Biofuel-Starts; Sydenstricker Genetics; an MFA Inc. feed mill; the Jones Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Service; Stanton Brothers free range egg layers; Simmons Stable; Brinkler Farms; Joe Stuckenschneider’s collection of restored International Harvester trucks and tractors; and Paul Dubbert Tractors and Parts.
The Missouri Young Farmer/Young Farm Wives Scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in agricultural education who plan to teach agriculture at the high school level after completing their degree. Students pursuing careers as ag educators are included on the tour to promote adult educational offerings in agriculture programs in Missouri. Students must be nominated by faculty based on their scholastic record and involvement in student and agricultural organizations. The students must travel to the site of the tour and compete for the scholarships through an interview process. All nominees take part in the tour, and the scholarships are awarded following the completion of the tour.
Small and Hoehn were each awarded $200.
“Both of these students are very committed to the vocation of being agricultural educators,” said David Mauk, Southeast assistant professor of agricultural education and agribusiness. “Without a doubt, they are both going to be very successful given their background and desire for success in that position. I take a lot of pride in both of them and all of our agricultural education students at Southeast.”
Small and Hoehn also are serving as ambassadors of Southeast Missouri State University on the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program aimed at recruiting high school students into careers in agricultural education. In addition, Small has been named a 2015-2016 National Teach Ag Ambassador and will participate in the 2015 National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention Oct. 28-30 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also past vice president of Missouri FFA.
The Missouri Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives Association promotes personal and professional growth of adults involved in agriculture, providing them with the framework for inspiring personal achievement and strengthening agricultural leadership, which fosters economic growth.