Six Delmarva Students Benefit from DPI College Scholarships
Interest in DPI's College Scholarship Program continues to grow and this year we are awarding $9,000 to be divided among six local students. We received 20 applications for the graduate and undergraduate scholarships with those students representing 14 colleges and universities.
The DPI scholarship committee reviewed all applications and made awards based upon academic achievements, outside interests and recognition, financial need, and their interest in working in Delmarva's chicken industry.
Alan Eck of Henderson, Maryland. The son of outstanding chicken growers Mark and Vicky Eck and himself a grower, Alan is a student at Delaware State University. He is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in agriculture. As if school is not enough, he is in the process of building two chicken houses.
Morgan Gannon of Harrington, Delaware. Morgan will enter Wesley College in Dover, Delaware with the goal of obtaining a career related to biology. She intends to focus on research that will help in the production of chickens. As the daughter of a chicken grower, she understands the need for healthy and productive birds.
Kimberly Hildreth of Salisbury, Maryland. Kimmy is a freshman at the University of Delaware who has a career goal of being a Delmarva chicken industry veterinarian. Working in Delmarva's chicken industry comes naturally to her. Both of her parents have worked in our industry.
Benjamin Holland of Franktown, Virginia. Ben will enter Virginia Tech this summer seeking a business degree with the hope of later of attending graduate school. He hopes to make a career in Delmarva's chicken industry upon graduation. His family has a long history of farming in Accomack County, Virginia.
Jeffrey Logan Holland of Franktown, Virginia. Like his younger brother Ben, Logan is a Virginia Tech student. Completing his freshman year, he has an agronomy and agriculture business major. He is interested in working on issues related to farming and environmental stewardship. Logan received a DPI scholarship last year.
Joshua C. Massey of Berlin, Maryland. A student at Delaware Valley College at Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Joshua is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture with his major in Livestock Science and Management and a focus on poultry science. Upon graduation, he wants to be a chicken grower, just as his father was. Joshua received a DPI scholarship last year as well.
Money to fund DPI's college scholarships is earned through DPI's College Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be Wednesday, June 18 at Green Hill Country Club just west of Salisbury, Maryland.
Whether you golf or not, you can help fund the scholarships through sponsorships at the tournament. Details are available at www.dpichicken.org and by contacting the DPI office.