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Minorities in Agriculture Receive VIP Scholarships

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STATESBORO, GA – April 1, 2021: AgSouth Farm Credit and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) are excited to announce the students receiving the 2021 Farm Credit/MANRRS VIP Scholarship.

AgSouth Congratulates Local Students on Scholarship

This competitive academic scholarship provides special programming for outstanding MANRRS students who have expressed an interest in Farm Credit.

2021 Scholarship Winners:

Jabria Bell from McDonough, GA
Ashli Jones from Stockbridge, GA
Cierra Woods from Columbia, SC
Anjel Iriaghomo from Seneca, SC

“This scholarship will help me to focus more on my education and opportunities than focusing on working to pay off my loans and tuition balance. I’m excited because this scholarship doesn't just provide financial help, Farm Credit is dedicated to making sure that I know my top five strengths and that I can apply them in my everyday life. Thanks to Farm Credit and MANRRS for the opportunity and always going that extra mile for the future leaders of agriculture,” said Cierra Woods.
“Congratulations to the 2021 Scholars! We’re excited to partner with MANRRS on this important initiative. AgSouth Farm Credit offers a wide variety of careers and we hope MANRRS students and others will consider joining our team upon graduation,” said Pat Calhoun, CEO.
Scholarship recipients receive a $1,000 academic scholarship and the opportunity to participate in the Farm Credit VIP Track of the 2021 National MANRRS Conference.

The VIP Track provides the scholars with meaningful interactions with Farm Credit leadership. It also exposes students to information about careers at Farm Credit in fields including finance, credit, capital markets, informational technology, marketing, etc. Students benefit from leadership development and training to better prepare them to find and succeed in a career in the agriculture industry.
Tuskegee University Junior, Jabria Bell, stated "As a minority student in agribusiness it is important that I expose myself to many different career opportunities to guarantee that I am well equipped in the agricultural world. This scholarship will not only ensure I am equipped in the classroom with funding for textbooks and tuition, but also equip me with the experience and background in the AgCredit Industry. I am excited to be a part of the 2021 Farm Credit/MANRRS VIP Scholars because I will be able to interact with successful professionals in this career and receive executive advice that will benefit my transition into the world of ag outside of undergrad. I would like to send a special thank you to MANRRS for continuously providing me with professional advancement that will guide my career in ag through opportunities such as this, as well as AgSouth Farm Credit for choosing me to be one of few that get this amazing opportunity!"

About Farm Credit: Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. It has been fulfilling its mission of helping rural America grow and thrive for more than a century with the capital necessary to make businesses successful and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services.
About Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science (MANRRS): Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, MANRRS promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. It is our goal to provide the student members (junior high school through doctoral programs) of our organization with the support to become productive citizens by engaging them in leadership development activities, educational opportunities, job readiness training, and facilitating internship placement and permanent employment, with special emphasis on agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. MANRRS encourages and promotes Agriculture, Natural Resources, and related STEM programs in an effort to interest and attract underrepresented students and professionals into pursuing educational and career opportunities in these respective areas.