Hannah Smith wins $4,000 Md. Dairy Scholarship

September 28, 2009

Hannah Marie Smith of Clear Spring has been named the recipient of a $4,000 Maryland Dairy Scholarship.

The award was presented Sept. 5 at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Md., at the Dairy Awards Program.

Hannah is a senior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., where she is majoring in dairy science with a pre-vet focus. Hannah has two part-time jobs, working at the Immunology Lab and at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in the large animal clinic.

She was a member of the 2009 Dairy Judging Team and the 2008 "B" Judging Team.

She is active in the Phi Sigma Honors Biological Society, Alpha Zeta Honors Agricultural Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Virginia Tech Dairy Club, Pre-Veterinary Medical Association of Virginia Tech and is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ambassador.

While in 4-H, she was active in the Washington County 4-H Dairy Club, was a junior fair board member, a member of the Clear Spring FFA, Maryland Brown Swiss Association and was the Maryland Swiss Miss for 2005-06.


She has been active in the Maryland Junior Holstein Association and has been a team member for the dairy judging and dairy bowl, a senior public speaking winner and a Maryland Holstein DJM.

She is also active in her church and community.

Following graduation, Hannah plans to continue her education at a veterinary college to obtain her DVM degree.

She would like to open a practice as a dairy veterinarian near her hometown of Clear Spring. She also hopes to own a small farm with Holstein and Brown Swiss animals, and would like to work with youth programs such as the junior breed associations, 4-H and FFA.

Parker Franklin Welch of Chestertown, Md., also a student at Virginia Tech, was the other $4,000 Dairy Scholarship winner.

The scholarships are available to all Maryland Dairy Youth who belong to a junior breed association and who carry a dairy project. Funding is provided by a friend of 4-H and the dairy industry. Applications are due by July 1.

For more information, contact Arthur and Peggy Johnson, co-chairs, at 301-972-8274.

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