Carolina Farm Credit Awards $24,000 in Scholarships to NC College Agriculture Students

STATESVILLE, NC – Vance C. Dalton, Jr., CEO of Carolina Farm Credit, announces that Carolina Farm Credit awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to four students at North Carolina State University, four students at North Carolina A&T University, and four students at the University of Mount Olive for the 2020-2021 academic school year. “We recognize the importance of further education and hope these scholarships will help to enable these young adults to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Dalton.

The recipients of the 2020-2021 N.C. A&T State University – Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are:

William James from Reidsville, NC in Rockingham County. He is the son of Shannon and Michael James. William grew up on a farm raising cattle, goats, and chickens. He enjoys working with animals and is pursuing a degree in Animal Science. After completing his Bachelor’s, he plans to continue his education in Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.

Quontaza Bowden from Madison, NC in Rockingham County. Her grandparents, Willie and Sheila Lowe, owned a farm raising beef cattle and goats. Quontaza first became interested in agriculture from working on their family farm. She is pursuing a degree in Animal Science and hopes to start a career in the animal ag industry.

Julia Perry comes from a farming family in Wake County, NC. She is an aspiring veterinarian and general contractor working towards obtaining her Bachelor of Science. Julia raises livestock and offers therapeutic horseback riding on her own farm. She loves working with animals and the local community.

Jaheim Holder is from Garner, NC. He grew up on a family farm where they raised chickens, rabbits, goats, and rats. Jaheim is majoring in Animal Science and plans to pursue a career in the animal agriculture industry.

The recipients of the 2020-2021 NC State University – Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are:

Kaycee Ramsey, from Union Mills, Rutherford County. She is a junior studying Ag Business Management.

Jason Koopman, a native of Statesville, NC in Iredell County. He is a junior studying Ag Business Management, and hopes to one day run his own dairy farm.

Matthew Swaney, from Burlington, NC. He is working towards completing his first year in the Agricultural Institute majoring in Agribusiness Management.
Logan French, from Rockingham County, NC. She is a senior working on a Bachelors in Ag Business Management with a double minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship.

The recipients of the 2020-2021 University of Mount Olive – Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are:

Sarah McAllister, a sophomore pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education. She is from Catawba County, NC and is the daughter of Thomas and Amy McAllister. Upon completion of her degree, Sarah intends to return to western NC and teach high school agricultural education focusing mainly on horticulture and agricultural mechanics.

Luke Johnson, a senior from Statesville, NC, pursuing a degree in Agricultural Production Systems with a concentration in both Business and Animal Science. After graduating, he would like to continue working with dairy cattle, either by returning to his family dairy farm or pursuing another opportunity within the cattle and agriculture industry. Luke is the son of Neal and Tina Johnson. 

Sarah Spicer, a junior from Wilkes County, NC. Her interest in agriculture began in her freshman high school year with her first agriculture class and her involvement with the FFA. Sarah is majoring in Agricultural Education at UMO. After graduating, she plans to utilize her degree by teaching and sharing her love for agriculture with high school students. Sarah is the daughter of Thomas Spicer and Melissa Davis.

Shade Wilbanks, the daughter of Carolyne and Derek Wilbanks, from Pisgah Forest, NC. She is a first generation college student and freshman at UMO majoring in Agricultural Education. Upon graduation, she plans to teach high school agriculture and become an FFA advisor.

For more information about scholarships, please visit Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact the academic affairs offices at these colleges. In order to be considered, students must have a major in the agriculture departments at these colleges and must complete a financial aid and scholarship application.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and providing financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices.  Other financial services available are appraisal services, and leasing programs.

For over 100 years, Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  

Carolina Farm Credit serves over 11,500 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.7 billion.  The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.

Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are David M. Coltrane, Chairman, Pleasant Garden; Vickie N. Smitherman, Vice-Chair, East Bend; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Dan A. Hunsucker, Conover; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.