Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#psuaged15 Member, Carly-Jean Schaefer, Awarded University Leadership Scholarship

Carly-Jean Schaefer,
2015 Student Teacher Candidate
Being active in many clubs, organizations and events has always been something Carly-Jean Schaefer (@CarlyJeanBean) loved. Now, not only is she a member of many groups, she has become a leader. Carly-Jean started the first Agriculture Club at Penn State Behrend, was nominated for the Freshman of the Year award, is a mentor for change of campus students and facilitates freshman seminars. 

Her hard work and leadership abilities made Carly-Jean a perfect recipient for the Jane Wood Reno Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship which is given through the Student Leadership and Service Awards Committee recognizes students who have achieved superior academic records, provides community service and holds leadership positions.

Carly with current Student Teacher, Megan Slates
at the National FFA Convention.
Carly-Jean was very grateful that people are investing in the future of current students. She said “It is so kind that scholarships are sponsored for students enrolling in higher education.  I am working and paying my own way through college so it is a great relief to be recognized and have someone out there to help me pay for tuition.  I am very appreciative and grateful to have received this award.”

Schaefer credits her leadership abilities to her passion for agriculture along with growing up in Allegheny County homesteading with her family. “My parents always supported my sister's and I's work ethic and our passions.  I believe that what helped me the most through my undergrad years is my hard work ethic that I learned from Ma and Pa.”

Carly-Jean’s future plan is for ultimate success. Whether it is teaching high school, becoming a cranberry farmer up north, teaching extension or taking a Conestoga wagon out west and being a pioneer, Carly just wants to be passionate about what she does and be happy doing it.
Carly was also a member of the PSU Collegiate Debate team with
fellow AEE Majors Howard Poole, Jeanne Case and Caleb Wright. 
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 teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog!

Laura Metrick
Student Blogger
2104 Teach Ag Avenger
Twitter: @Its_LauraBeth
2015 Student Teacher Candidate 

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