Committee awards five scholarships for $2,000

EASTON, Md. (June 2, 2015) — The American Farm Publications scholarship committee recently awarded five scholarships to students who are studying for careers in agriculture and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at their current institution.
The five winners of this year’s $2,000 awards are Jaclyn Fiola of Keedysville, Md., Maiya Gibbs of Andover, N.J., Benjamin Goodrich of Wakefield, Va., Dylan Lynch of Milford, Del., and Nicholas Millington of Manchester, Md.
“It’s quite a challenge each year to select these few scholarship winners from many qualified students, and this year was no exception,” said Sean Clougherty, managing editor of American Farm Publcations and a member of the four-person scholarship committee. “Reading through the numerous applications and essays gave us reassurance that agriculture will be in good hands as these students, farm kids or not, pursue degrees and careers in agriculture.”
Fiola is chasing a double degree at the University of Maryland: One in plant science, and another in enviro-science and technology, where she is focusing on soil and watershed sciences.
She said she plans to use her education to improve horticultural cropping systems in orchards, vineyards and berry farming.
Gibbs — the sixth generation to work her family farm — will begin studying agriculture science at Cornell University this fall. She said she plans on using her degree to work toward her “lifelong dream of solving world hunger,” inspired by a trip to Kenya when she was exposed to the topic on a global level.
Goodrich said he intends to get a degree in ag mechanism from North Carolina State University. He said he wants to continue farming on his family’s farm, which they have tilled since the 1860s. He is the sixth generation to farm there.
Lynch, inspired by a soybean disease on his family farm two years ago, said he wants to become a plant pathologist who would be able to diagnose diseases and crop deficiencies. This fall he will begin his second year at Delaware State University, where he is majoring in agriculture plant sciences.
Millington — who grew up in the New York suburbs before moving with his family to Maryland in fifth grade — said he hopes to be an advocate for agriculture and to educate students about the industry. He is taking undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland where he is majoring in animal science.
The five students will each be honored at The Delmarva Farmer’s 17th annual golf tournament fundraiser.
This year, the event will be held on Aug. 21 at Harbourtowne Golf Resort in St. Michaels, Md.