Planting seeds for a successful future: Seven students receive $1,000 scholarships for their commitment to sciences, scholarship and service

High achieving freshmen students at the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) are being recognized with a $1,000 scholarship to further their studies in the areas of food, agricultural and natural resource sciences.

Since 2005, the CFANS Alumni Society Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award Program has been recognizing high school juniors who excel in science, scholarship and service. Through the involvement of dedicated CFANS alumni, awards are presented to students selected by their local high schools.

“The Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award Program is an excellent way for alumni to honor high school juniors who are making an impact in the sciences and encourage them to pursue further studies in this area,” says CFANS Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations Mary Buschette. “This program serves as an excellent way to increase the college’s presence while exposing the agricultural, food and natural resource sciences to many individuals including the recipient as well as their peers, family and community. This program is truly planting seeds for a successful future in the agricultural, food and natural resource sciences industry.”

Students receiving the award are given a scholarship upon their successful enrollment at CFANS. In 2015, the award was presented to 42 students and seven of those students enrolled in CFANS this fall. In 2016, 44 students were recognized with the award. Thank you to all the alumni volunteers, high schools and students that were part of this year’s success!

Scholarship recipients meet to discuss how they have applied their knowledge to their education throughout their first semester at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Back row left to right: Leah Ruen, Kyra Flom, Drew Gilman, and Kia Kivi; Front row: Emily Pliscott and Katherine Gathje. Not pictured: Sierra Williamson.