Scholarship helps student pursue agriculture career

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Alabama Farmers Federation and local county Federations are investing in the future of Alabama agriculture by awarding almost $150,000 in scholarships to 85 Auburn University students pursuing degrees in agriculture or forestry.

Morgan Graham of Brundidge as among the students honored during the 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn.

Graham expressed appreciation for the $1,750 scholarship award and said she will continue to work hard in an effort to show that she is a worthy recipient of the scholarship and the confidence placed in her.

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Graham, a junior, is majoring in agricultural communications with a minor in poultry science.

“I’m not sure yet what I’ll want to do after graduation but, probably, something on the promotion or marketing side of agriculture,” she said. “Being at Auburn is a great experience and I’m enjoying my classes and being involved in several organizations, including the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.”

Graham said each semester club members produce a publication, AGazine, for the student body. The “communicators” also invite speakers who enlighten members on the different ways to communicate agriculture’s story.

“We plan events with other agriculture-related organizations,” she said. “I’m also involved with Ag Hill. That’s where you have the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty members of the College of Agriculture, sit in on classes and talk with students.”

Graham said Ag Hill is student-led and offers hands-on experiences and opportunities to build personal portfolios.

“I have an opportunity to work with the Alabama National Fair in promotions and that is very exciting,” she said.

What Graham is learning though studies, club participation and involvement with others who share a common interest in agriculture will prepare her for a career in her chosen field of agriculture.

“I have always known that I wanted a career in agriculture,” said Graham, who is the daughter of Mark and Vonda Graham. “I grew up on a farm where we always ran 150 head of cattle. Growing up I was involved in 4-H and loved it and I participated in the steer and heifer shows for 12 years.  So, it was natural for me to want go into some area of agriculture.”

Graham is strongly considering communications and marketing and she is expanding her horizons through her minor, which is poultry science.

“I still have a couple of years here at Auburn and I’m looking forward to being on campus and also to graduation,” Graham said. “I’d like to stay in the South because I love it here but I will be open to any opportunities that come my way.”