Students from Left to right: Olyvia Fortin – Derby, Kameron Gallant – Wheelock, Ryan Montgomery -Danville, Emma O’Neil – Williamstown and Amelia F. Rose - Braintree
By Diane Bothfeld, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
The Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, Vermont Technical Colleges and the University of Vermont are pleased to announce the Vermont Farms 2+2 scholarship awards for the Fall 2019 semester. Recipients of the scholarship are a part of the 4 year program that will provide a ½ scholarship at Vermont Technical College for two years and a full scholarship to the University of Vermont for 2 years.
Students joining the programs and receiving the scholarship as Sophomores include:
- Emma E. O'Neill from Williamstown
- Amelia F. Rose from Braintree
Students joining the program and receiving the scholarship as Freshman include:
- Kameron Gallant of Wheelock
- Ryan Montgomery of Danville
- Olyvia Fortin of Derby
- Kelsey Francis of Burlington
The Vermont Farms 2+2 Scholarship Program provides scholarship to young Vermonters who wish to pursue a career in the dairy industry. The Vermont Legislature through the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets provides scholarships to young people to spend 2 years at Vermont Technical College gaining an Associate’s degree in Dairy Farm Management and two years at UVM to obtain a bachelor’s of science degree in Animal Science or Community Entrepreneurship. The scholarship program supports 5 students in the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior year of college and includes a semester at the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY.
During the four-year Vermont Farms 2+2 program students will develop the knowledge and training to be effective and competitive members of the dairy industry. During the program, students will gain the following competencies –
- leadership skills,
- strong understanding of the dairy industry,
- the ability to communicate with the public and as part of a management team
- and the confidence in the application of technical and scientific knowledge.
All students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to gain and maintain the scholarship through the 4 years of the program.
The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets welcomes these future dairy industry leaders to the Vermont Farms 2+2 Scholarship Program.