Carolina Farm Credit Awards $30,000 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 for $2,500 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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 NC 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. 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.
Precious Bracy, the daughter of Mr. Darrick and Tara Bracy from Guilford County. She is a freshman at NC A&T State University pursuing a degree in Animal Science, with plans to become a veterinarian.
Julia Perry, who 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.
Yazmin White, a freshman at NC A&T State University. Yazmin’s pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in the agriculture industry comes from her desire to follow her grandparents’ example. They owned a farm and grew a variety of fruits vegetables to provide food for their family, as well as the local community.
The recipients of the 2021-2022 NC State University – Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are:
Abigail Hamilton, a student majoring in Agricultural Science. She is from Montgomery County and is the daughter of Brian and Jessica Hamilton. After graduation, she plans to become an Embryologist, helping NC farmers expand their operations with better foundation genetics and cattle breeding procedures.
Georgia Daniel, a native of Caswell County, and student majoring in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Martin and Lori Daniel. After graduation, she plans to attend veterinary school to pursue a career as a mixed animal veterinarian.
Chase Gaines, a student majoring in Agricultural Business Management/Political Science, from Chatham County. He is the son of Daniel and Kathy Gaines Jr. Chase currently works as Political Director for Ted Budd for US Senate, and he looks forward to continuing in this role after graduating.
Mattie Harward, a native of Stanly County, pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business Management. She is the daughter of Marcus and Patricia Harward. Her plans, after graduation, are to continue running her family's marketing business as well as Harward Sisters Cattle Company.
The recipients of the 2021-2022 University of Mount Olive – Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are:
Sarah McAllister, a junior pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Plant Science. 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.
Alexis Barrington, a student from Biscoe, NC, pursuing a degree in Agribusiness. After graduating, she plans to start a career with Perdue. Her family has been and continues to be involved in the poultry industry, which has led her to this career pursuit. Alexis is the daughter of Mike and Kim Barrington.
Sarah Spicer, a senior from Wilkes County, NC. Her interest in agriculture began in her freshman high school year with her first agriculture class and her involvement with FFA. Sarah is majoring in Agriculture Production Systems with minors in Plant Science and Agricultural Business. After graduating, she plans to utilize her degree by teaching and helping the community become more knowledgeable and active in agriculture. Sarah is the daughter of Thomas Spicer and Melissa Davis.
Shade Wilbanks, the daughter of Carolyne and Derek Wilbanks, from Transylvania County, NC. She is a first generation college student and sophomore at UMO. Shade is double majoring in Agricultural Education and Agribusiness. After graduation, she plans to teach high school agriculture and become an FFA advisor.
For more information about scholarships, please visit carolinafarmcredit.com. 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 that provides financing to full and part-time farmers, agricultural-related businesses, and for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 29 branch offices. Appraisal and Leasing services are also available.
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 12,000 members with outstanding loans totaling more than $1.8 billion. The cooperative’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 Vickie N. Smitherman, Chair, East Bend; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Vice-Chair, Waynesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Andrew W. Burleson, New London; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Dan A. Hunsucker, Conover; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; J. Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Leslie G. Sparks, DVM, Sparta; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.