4 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
2015 - 2016 |
2014 - 2015 |
2013 - 2014 |
2012 - 2013
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I was the house manager for Maryland’s chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho for a year which taught me how to manage my time and 40 other college students. It was my responsibility to ensure that the house functioned properly and that we followed all the rules and laws set by both our chapter and the city of College Park. I took pride in my work when Alumni or visitors would tell our brothers that the house looked great. They would also say that our house looked better than any other fraternity house they had been to.
I also volunteered through the College Park Scholars program during their new student introduction. I managed a group of students at one of Maryland’s agricultural facilities where they learned about their program as well as what agriculture meant to Maryland. I often chimed in to help students who had little agricultural background throughout the process. It was great to help out the new scholars students since I had been in that same position not too long before them.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has been a very influential part of my four years at the University of Maryland. It has provided my family with financial support that has allowed me to strongly pursue my academic interests without having to worry about the financial burden that can often be associated with attending college. I was able to stop working my part time job and pursue opportunities such as being a teaching assistant for an Introduction to Plant Science class where I helped the professor teach students about agricultural processes. This was a great way for me to solidify my knowledge of the material. This scholarship will also allow me to graduate without any debt which will be very helpful when searching for a job. It will allow me to choose the job that I want instead of simply finding a way to start paying off a growing debt.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose the University of Maryland because of the great connections I had made with alumni prior to my acceptance to the University. Maryland is special to me because of the great opportunities it has offered me both academically and socially. The faculty have always been helpful and provided me with openings to advance academically as well as in the field. It is hard to say exactly what my favorite part of being a Terp is, but I would have to say that with such a large student body, Maryland still feels like a tight-knit group of students who truly care about education and the future of the University. That is what makes Maryland so special.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I would like to use the knowledge and experience that I have gained through my time at the University of Maryland to help advance the agricultural community towards innovations that could change the way we feed the world. Providing a way to increase agricultural awareness has also been one of my goals. There are too many people in the United States who do not understand where their food comes from. They are often threatened by what they hear from the media. Increasing awareness about what we do will be a great step towards helping the agricultural community.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am an Agricultural Science and Technology senior and will be graduating in the spring of 2016.
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
One unique experience that I greatly enjoyed was my internship where I worked with Dr. Ritter during the summer of 2015 performing herbicide trial studies. I gained valuable knowledge about herbicides as well as agricultural processes and equipment management.
Another unique experience I have had while at the University would be the opportunity provided to me by Dr. Phillips where I was given the privilege of creating a 3D printed representation of what the University’s Plant Science program meant to me. It is still a work in progress, but I am very excited to see the end result and share it with other students.