Thursday, September 5, 2013

Penn State -- The MOST Students Receiving Scholarships from NAAE in the Nation

Fifteen students from across the United Stated have been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship through the National Association by Agricultural Educators (NAAE) due to their academic performance, leadership and service activities. The Pennsylvania State University is home to THREE of those individuals. Congratulations to Caleb Wright, Emily Urban and Mindy Stoops! Each of them will be receiving $750 to help offset the expenses that they will face during their student teaching experience this coming spring.

L-R Caleb Wright, Mindy Stoops, and Emily Urban

Caleb Wright plans on using the money for living expenses, as he needs to focus all his time on student teaching rather than trying to work a second job. Emily wants to use her scholarship money to help with tuition during the spring semester.  Mindy would like to use her amount for living expenses and transportation. All three of them understand the importance of belonging to a professional organization in their field and are excited to be members of NAAE and also PAAE (Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators). They know that the professional organizations will help them to continue growing as a teacher professional after their college career. 

As stated in the NAAE News Release:

The funding for the Upper Division Scholarship comes from Gothic Arch Greenhouses, Delmar Cengage Learning, and donations by NAAE members. Gothic Arch Greenhouses specializes in greenhouses and supplies for a variety of uses including agricultural education programs. Delmar Cengage Learning delivers highly customized agricultural education learning solutions for all levels of educational institutions.

NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its' nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community though visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” They are headquartered in Lexington, Ky.

To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog!

Jeanne Case
Student Blogger
2014 Dover HS Student Teacher
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