ENID, Okla. — A Chisholm High School senior has earned a $1,000 college scholarship from Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, according to a news release from the bureau.
Bree Kisling is one of nine Oklahoma students to receive the grant, which is awarded to high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited state university, the release said.
“These nine scholarship recipients are the future of rural Oklahoma and the agriculture industry,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R chairman. “As fellow young farmers and ranchers ourselves, the OKFB YF&R committee is proud to support these bright students as they pursue their academic endeavors to be involved in one of the most rewarding industries today."
The Young Farmers & Ranchers program is designed for OFB members between ages 18 to 35, and encourages development of leadership skills, promotes community involvement, and provides opportunities for networking in the industry, according to the bureau.
After graduating, Kisling will attend Oklahoma State University to study agricultural communications and agribusiness, the release said.
"She's an outstanding representative of agriculture," Haken said, adding that the purpose of the scholarship is to reward students who have "focused on their future," and who can see the value of the ag industry because "we know they will be our strength and our voice going forward."
The other scholarship recipients are Peyton Burns, of Kingfisher; Darci Peach, of Seiling; Dixie Boyce-Smith, of Cheyenne; Rio Bonham, of Tishomingo; Anna Bolen, of Idabel; Tee Jay Trotter, of Vian; Angelica Ann Beck, of Holdenville; and Ashton Cartmell, of Perkins, according to the release.
"The nine scholarship recipients have a wide variety of career aspirations and have chosen degrees across the agriculture industry including animal science, pre-vet, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural engineering, horticulture, agricultural education, and meat science and food safety," the release said.