Release date: 8/17/2015
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 and four students at North Carolina A&T University for the 2015-2016 academic school year. “We recognize the importance of further education and hope that these scholarships will help to enable these young adults to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Dalton.
The recipients of the 2015-2016 N.C. A&T University-Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are highlighted below:
Rycal Blount is a senior at N.C. A&T University majoring in animal science. She is a member of the Aggie Chess Club, the Pre-Vet Club, Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS), and is a member of the University Honors Program. She is from Greensboro and her parents are Robin Simmons Blount and Roman Blount, III.
Nicholas Cobb is a senior at N.C. A&T University majoring in agribusiness and food supply management. He is originally from Jamestown, N.C. and is the son of Ladonna and Maurice Cobb.
Lauren Blackwell is a sophomore at N.C. A&T University majoring in animal science and laboratory animal science. She is the daughter of James and Hope Blackwell. Lauren is from Greensboro, N.C. After graduating, she aspires to attend Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Caleb Bryson is a freshman at N.C. A&T University majoring in animal science. He is from Greensboro, N.C. and is the son of Richard and Kristi Bryson. While at James Benson Dudley High School, Caleb was a member of the National Honor Society and the 4A state champion football team.
The recipients of the 2015-2016 North Carolina State University-Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are highlighted below:
Christina Harvey is a junior at N.C. State University majoring in agricultural business managementand horticulture science. She is from Haywood County, N.C. where she grew up on her family’s farm. Her parents are Tomas and Carla Harvey of Canton. She was selected to intern with John Deere this summer in their marketing department.
McKayla Newsome is a junior at N.C. State University majoring in animal science. She is from King, N.C. and is the daughter of Brad and Vickie Newsome. After graduation, McKayla would like to work in the agriculture industry in a management capacity.
Olin Austin is a sophomore at N.C. State University majoring in agricultural business management. He is from Union County and is the son of Phillip and Cheryl Austin. After earning his degree from N.C. State, Olin would like to return to his family farm and help grow their farm operation.
Nicole Mauldin is a sophomore at N.C. State University majoring in animal science and minoring in poultry science. She is from China Grove, N.C. and is the daughter of Todd and Danielle Mauldin. After graduation, Nicole hopes to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Carolina Farm Credit provides scholarships through the College of Ag and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SAES) at North Carolina A&T University. 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 CALS at N.C. State University or SAES at N.C. A&T University and must complete a financial aid application.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 36 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Mark A. Bray, Chairman, Lawsonville; L. Kim Starnes, Vice-Chairman, Salisbury; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
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