Alabama Ag and Farm Credit provide financial support to university’s agriculture department
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 22, 2013) – Tuskegee University’s College of Agriculture and Environment and Nutrition Sciences received checks for sponsorship from Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit totaling $20,000 today. Alabama Ag Credit’s CEO, Doug Thiessen, and Alabama Farm Credit’s CEO, Ben Gore, presented two checks to Walter A. Hill, university provost and dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences
. The donation marks the second consecutive year that the sponsorship institutions have financially supported the department.
Alabama Ag Credit is a farm credit institution based in Montgomery, Ala., and Alabama Farm Credit is a rural lending cooperative with locations in Albertville, Athens, Cullman, Talladega and Tuscumbia.
Of the $20,000 given, the $5,000 from Alabama Ag Credit, will be given to student scholarships and the $15,000 donation, from both companies, will be in support of this year’s Professional Agricultural Worker’s Conference (PAWC) which will be held at the university Dec. 8-10. When asked as to why Alabama Ag Credit has decided to continue sponsoring the university’s agriculture department, Thiessen stated:
“The main reason is because we see Tuskegee University is making a huge investment in agriculture. Dr. Hill has done a wonderful job with his staff and what we basically want to do, as another organization committed to agriculture, is be a part of that. Tuskegee is a natural fit for us.”
When asked the same question, Gore stated: “Because we finance agriculture in Alabama and anything to do with agriculture or in the future of agriculture, we want to be involved in and to help promote that.”
The student scholarship portion of the sponsorship was also a great contribution to the department and its student body. Students will be selected to receive scholarships based upon specified criteria. In order to qualify, students must major in a degree program in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, demonstrate great leadership and communication skills; and must be proactive, involving themselves in student clubs or other communities. When asked about the significance behind receiving the sponsorship from the agricultural institutions, Hill said:
“Agriculture is one of the largest industries and employers in the state of Alabama and actually throughout the South and this nation. The scholarship symbolizes the fact that the agriculture industry and businesses are now turning to Tuskegee and looking for students who can join them in creating new jobs, new businesses dealing with the food and agriculture industry, which globally is the biggest most important industry in the world.”
Story by: David Nixon, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
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