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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Scholarship Winners Announced

Florence, SC - ArborOne Farm Credit is pleased to announce that Nathan Downer of Sumter and Rebecka Gibbons, also of Sumter, are the recipients of the first Aim-At-Ag Scholarships ever awarded. 

The scholarships, each for $750, are awarded to two high school seniors that will be attending a 2 or 4-year college or university on a full-time basis.  The student must be pursuing a career path in agriculture.  In addition to their high school transcript, applicants must reside within ArborOne Farm Credit's twelve county territory in South Carolina: Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Williamsburg, Florence, Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Chesterfield, and Marlboro counties, and write an essay, "My hopes and dreams for rural America". 

Nathan Downer is the son of Kristy and Billy Downer of Sumter, SC, and a graduate of Lawrence Manning Academy in Manning.  He plans to attend Clemson University in the fall and major in agricultural business. 

Nathan discovered his love of farming when he went to work for Davis & Sons Farm in 2009. 

"I started out cutting grass, then driving a tractor, and now I assist with field preparation and planting the crops," Nathan responded when asked about his work at the Davis' farm.  "Mr. Davis has taken the time to share his experience with me and encourage me to pursue a career in farming."

Rebecka Gibbons, a graduate of Crestwood High School in Sumter, decided she wanted to be an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor in a rather backwards way.  In tenth grade she needed a class and was put in an agriculture class.

"I wasn't too excited at first, but ended up loving it," Rebecka said. She became involved with FFA  serving as an officer of the Crestwood High chapter.  One of her favorite parts of FFA, "I really enjoyed the competitions."

Rebecka will attend Clemson University this fall and major in agriculture education.

ArborOne also holds an annual Aim-At-Ag Sporting Clays Tournament in October with all proceeds being equally divided between South Carolina's 4-H and FFA programs.  This tournament takes place at Black River Sporting Clays Club in Kingstree, SC.

Are you going to be a senior in high school interested in agriculture?  Watch the ArborOne Farm Credit website for details and the Aim-At-Ag Scholarship application in January 2014.



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