Two area students win scholarships at Pa. Farm Show

January 16, 2007

HARRISBURG - In all, 27 students received a $3,500 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation last week at the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Two of the winners are from the Tri-State area. They are Laura Grove, of Shippensburg, Pa., in Franklin County; and Andrew Meyer, of Warfordsburg, Pa., in Fulton County.

State Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff presented the scholarships, citing the role young adults take in Pennsylvania's number one industry.

"It is very rewarding when so many young people are active participants in the success and growth of our state's agriculture industry," Wolff said.

"By helping fund the education of these students today, we are strengthening the future of the industry, and preserving the proud, essential tradition of agriculture in the commonwealth."


Grove, 21, is the daughter of Jeffry and Linda Grove. She is a junior at Penn State University, majoring in agribusiness management.

Upon graduation, according to a state department of agriculture press release, she plans to pursue a career in the agricultural industry, working on her family's dairy farm or with an agribusiness.

Grove, who exhibited a market hog at the 2003 Farm Show, has been active in the national FFA organization, serving a one-year term as a Pennsylvania FFA state officer.

She has served as the Franklin County alternate dairy princess and has received several FFA honors. At Penn State, she participates in the dairy science club.

Meyer, 19, is the son of Raymond and Ann Meyer. He is a sophomore at Penn State University, studying wildlife and fisheries sciences.

Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career as a wildlife biologist, the press release said.

In addition to showing market swine at the Farm Show since 2002, Meyer has been active in the Warfordsburg FFA chapter, serving as student advisor and vice president.

According to the press release, he has won numerous FFA honors. At Penn State, he in is the Block and Bridle Club and is a member of the Wildlife Society.

Since its inception in 1993, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded $544,500 in scholarships to a total of 248 junior Farm Show exhibitors.

In addition, the state ag department said, Delaware Valley College and Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences offer a matching grant program to full-time students, doubling their scholarship to $7,000. A new contributor this year, it said, Harrisburg Area Community College will also offer a matching grant of $500 to students participating in the agribusiness program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, and have been a Pennsylvania Farm Show exhibitor of junior market sheep, steers, swine or goats. Junior breeding and dairy exhibitors are also eligible.

Current scholarship funding comes from the Farm Show Sale of Champions, corporate membership dues, individual contributions and buyer contributions from the Farm Show's Junior Livestock Sale.

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