Farm Credit East recently awarded $48,000 in college scholarships to 32 student recipients. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship to apply towards his or her higher education.
“This year’s scholarship recipients aspire to make a difference in their communities and are well on their way to becoming agriculture’s future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said CEO Bill Lipinski. “Our program supports students with diverse career aspirations in agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries from across our seven-state territory. Our Board of Directors and staff send congratulations to these deserving students and best wishes for a successful educational experience.”
Following are this year’s Farm Credit East scholarship recipients:
New England Recipients
From the Auburn, Maine office territory:
- Nick Sparks, of Orono, Maine, is majoring in forestry at the University of Maine. He is working towards a career in forestry.
- Harriett Train, of Long Island, Maine, will be attending the University of Maine to major in marine science. Harriett plans a career in fisheries management.
From the Bedford, N.H. office territory:
- Hannah Merrill, of Stratham, N.H., will attend Cornell University to major in agricultural sciences. Hannah aspires to become a dairy farm manager/owner.
- Daniel Tauriello, of Durham, N.H., will study marine biology and ocean engineering at the University of New Hampshire. His goal is to become a commercial shellfish hatchery manager/owner.
Representing the Claverack, N.Y. office:
- Leanne Golembeski, of New Milford, Conn., will attend the University of New Haven to study aquaculture and biology. She plans a career in aquaponic food production.
- Sarah LaRose, of Bethlehem, Conn., will enter her first year in an agricultural education doctoral program at the University of Florida to become an agricultural teacher educator.
- Rebecca Remeika, of Northfield, Conn., majors in veterinary medicine at Cornell University. She aspires to become a large animal veterinarian.
From the Dayville, Conn. office territory:
- Jonathan Confreda, of Warwick, R.I., studies business management at Bryant University. He aspires to become a farm manager/owner.
From the Enfield, Conn. office territory:
- Nicholas Turnberg, of East Longmeadow, Mass., will major in arboriculture and community forest management at the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge. He aspires to become the owner of a logging/tree care company.
From the Middleboro, Mass. office territory:
- Monica Aguilar, of Millis, Mass., is studying agricultural education and awareness at the University of Massachusetts. Monica plans a career as an agricultural educator.
From the Presque Isle, Maine office territory:
- Whitnie Bradbury, of Bridgewater, Maine, will attend Husson University to major in business administration as she works toward a career in agricultural business or marketing.
New Jersey Recipients
From the Bridgeton, N.J. office territory:
- Kyle Clement, of Pedricktown, N.J., majors in agriculture and food systems at Rutgers University as he works toward a career as a farm manager.
From the Flemington, N.J. office territory:
- Christine Charles, of South Orange, N.J., plans to attend Purdue University to study agricultural engineering. Her goal is to become an agricultural engineer.
- Julianna Nienart, of Hillsborough, N.J, studies environmental science at Rutgers University. She plans a career in agricultural research and development.
New York Recipients
From the Batavia, N.Y. office territory:
- Denille Pingrey, of Strykersville, N.Y., is studying animal science at The Pennsylvania State University as she works toward a career in dairy nutrition and consulting.
- Christopher Sweeney, of Appleton, N.Y., plans to study animal science at Cornell University. Christopher aspires to become a dairy farm manager/owner.
From the Burrville, N.Y. office territory:
- Gabrielle Domagala, of Bonnville, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill. She majors in agricultural business with goals to become a dairy nutritionist and farm owner.
- Ashely Willits, of Copenhagen, N.Y., attends Morrisville State College where she studies agricultural business. Ashley plans to work in agricultural communications.
From the Cobleskill, N.Y. office territory:
- Rachel Stone, of Cooperstown, N.Y., will attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in dairy production and management. Rachel plans a career as a dairy farm owner or herd manager.
Representing the Cortland, N.Y. office:
- Gavin Gates, of Burdett, N.Y., will be majoring in animal science at Cornell University. His goal is to become a farm manager/owner.
From the Geneva, N.Y., office territory:
- Zachary Abbott, of Venice Center, N.Y., will study dairy management at SUNY Morrisville. He pursues a career as a dairy farm manager/owner.
- Jacob Rathbun, of Naples, N.Y., will be attending Cornell University to major in viticulture/enology. Jacob plans to become a grape farmer and winemaker.
- Karen Luong, of Rushville, N.Y., plans to attend Finger Lakes Community College. Karen will study plant science with an eye toward a career in plant pathology.
From the Greenwich, N.Y. office territory:
- Kassidy Hitt, of North Hoosick, N.Y., attends Cornell University where she majors in animal science. She is pursuing a career as a dairy nutritionist.
- Stephanie McBath, of Schuylerville, N.Y., will study animal science at Cornell University. She aspires to a career in agricultural communications.
Representing the Hornell, N.Y. office:
- Kylie Hint, of Cuba, N.Y., attends SUNY Alfred State where she studies environmental technology. She plans a career in soil and water conservation and management.
From the Mayville, N.Y. office territory:
- Kelsey Neckers, of Clymer, N.Y., is majoring in animal science at Cornell University. Kelsey plans a career in agricultural financial services.
From the Middletown, N.Y. office territory:
- Kristen Mason, of Shrub Oak, N.Y., studies equine industry and management at the University of New Hampshire. She is working towards a career as a farm/barn manager.
Representing the Potsdam, N.Y. office:
- Adam Levi, of Inlet, N.Y., will attend Paul Smith’s College to major in forest operations. Adam plans a career as a logger.
Representing the Riverhead, N.Y. office:
- Jessica Arroyo, of Queens, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill where she majors in agricultural business as she works towards a career as an agricultural educator.
- Valerie Nolan, of East Patchogue, N.Y., studies retail business management at Suffolk County Community College. She plans to become the manager of her family’s agricultural retail business.
From the Sangerfield, N.Y. office territory:
- Stephanie Finn, of Holland Patent, N.Y., will attend Cornell University to major in animal science. Stephanie plans to become a farm manager/owner.