Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Miranda Kane: Alumni Scholarship Award #studentsucess #psuaged17

The opportunities and scholarships are endless for deserving students in the College of Agriculture at Penn State. One of those deserving students, Miranda Kane, is a junior this year majoring in Agricultural Extension and Education and minoring in Spanish. She applied for the College of Agriculture Alumni scholarship and was one of 48 applicants to receive the award!

The College of Agriculture Alumni Internship Award was created in 1986 to reward students who participated in an educational internship program during the school year or summers. Since its beginning, the Ag Alumni Society has distributed $160,750 in internship awards benefiting 268 students in the college. To apply for this award you would have to create a report about the goals for the internship and an evaluation of how you viewed the internship went. Your employer also had to complete an evaluation form of how you did as well! Miranda went the extra mile and made sure that she had all of this completed to be considered for this award!

Now what exactly did Miranda do you may ask? She completed an internship as the 2015 Summer Assistant for the Chester County 4-H Program. She worked with youth all across Chester County, PA, and educated the students about the environment and their role in it. Her coworkers and her traveled to various under served communities and led a range of activities to get the members educated, active, and motivated to learn. They also encouraged members to submit crafts for the Chester County 4-H fair and directed tours for the members who joined them at the Chester County fair. Overall Miranda states that she had an amazing and educational summer working for the 4-H extension office but she couldn’t have done it without the help of people that worked in the office with her. Tracy Murdaugh who was the Programs Assistant during the summer and her supervisor Toni Stuetz both provided her with an “inside scoop” on how 4-H programming is run and the skills and techniques necessary for working with the youth. The experience motivated her only positively to becoming a great Agriculture Educator one day.

We know that Miranda is going to do amazing things in and out of the industry and we hope that she pursues furthering her education more and more as time goes on!

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.

Olivia Murphy-Sweet
Student Blogger
Teach Ag! Avenger
Twitter Handle @OSweetMurph  

2016 Agricultural Education Student Teacher

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