Two outstanding students have been selected to receive the 2022 Agricultural Communicators Network scholarships. ACN scholarships specifically aim to give ag communications students a boost. Funding for the two scholarships was awarded through a grant from The Agricultural Communicators Network Professional Improvement Foundation.
Scholarships such as these provide more than just financial support — they bolster passions and create network opportunities. For many students, these scholarships provide a foot in the door to internships and future career opportunities. Applying students were required to be members of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, complete virtual interviews, and be currently enrolled as undergraduate students at a university or college.
ACN Future Agricultural Communicators Committee Chair Megan Schilling of Successful Farming said, “Through these opportunities, the professional organization strives to recognize the very best students and support them in their endeavor to join our profession.”
The 2022 scholarship recipients
Rachel McGreal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
McGreal has been selected for the Dr. James Evans Scholarship, which amounts to $3,000. Her achievements in academics and leadership led to her award. The scholarship honors Dr. James Evans, who has enormously impacted the growth of agricultural communications programs.
“Being awarded a scholarship that pays tribute to Dr. Evans is an absolute honor,” McGreal said. “The lasting impression he made on agricultural communications programs, especially at the University of Illinois, is celebrated frequently within the Illini ACT chapter. I strive to follow in Dr. Evans footsteps that paved a crucial path for agricultural communicators. Receiving this scholarship plays a key part in helping me achieve that.”
“Rachel’s career-related experiences demonstrate her commitment to agricultural communications,” said Owen Roberts of University of Illinois. “She brings an understanding of agriculture to all off-farm roles she serves, capitalizing on opportunities to make agriculture better understood by her audiences.”
Sydney Garret, Kansas State University
Garret will receive $1,500 as the awardee of the Past Presidents’ Scholarship, recognizing her leadership, dedication, and hard work in the agricultural community.
“I would like to say thank you to the Agricultural Communications Network for providing scholarship opportunities to students pursuing degrees in agricultural communications,” Garrett said. “These opportunities not only help financially, but also provide valuable networking skills to students as they enter the agricultural industry full-time. I’m grateful to be a recipient of the Past President’s Scholarship and to progress in my career with like minded individuals passionate about helping others succeed.”
“I believe Sydney is highly qualified and very deserving of an ACN scholarship. She not only is dedicated to her academic and professional development, but also has an exceptional personality and tremendous work ethic,” said Jason D. Ellis of Kansas State University. “This scholarship would allow her to complete her degree at Kansas State and become a meaningful contributor to agriculture.”