ACT Scholarship

American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) Scholarships for Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow

The application period is now closed. Recipients of 2013 scholarships will be announced at Ag Media Summit at the student recognition luncheon on Monday, Aug. 5, in Buffalo, N.Y.

The AAEA/ACT Scholarship Program is a joint effort of AAEA and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and is funded by the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation.

Established by the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) in 1993 and adopted by AAEA in 2004, AAEA scholarships are awarded to outstanding members of ACT for their achievements in leadership, career-related experiences, academics and service.

In 2013, four scholarships will be awarded: The James Evans Scholarship is the top scholarship offered, in the amount of $2,000. Dr. Evans continues to have a tremendous impact on the establishment and growth of agricultural communications programs, and serves as a mentor for hundreds of former and present students. The recipient of the James Evans Scholarship is recognized for “excellence in academics and leadership, and for exemplifying the dedication and commitment of the outstanding individual for whom this award is named. The winner of this scholarship is selected from the top four applicants. Three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each, and all four scholarships are made possible through a grant from the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation.

Applicants must be current members of ACT and enrolled as an undergraduate student at a university or college during the time of their application (applicants may be graduating seniors). Although funded by AAEA and its Professional Improvement Foundation, the scholarship is available to any ACT member, regardless of his/her specific communications career path. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • ACT involvement, leadership activities and other campus organizational involvement
  • Academic achievements
  • Internships and career-related experiences
  • Reference recommendations

Any questions may be directed to:
JoAnn Alumbaugh
AAEA Future Ag Communicators Chair

The 2012 Jim Evans Scholarship winner
Claire Benjamin, junior
University of Illinois

2012 AAEA/ACT Scholarship Recipients
Amelia Martens, sophomore with junior standing
University of Illinois

Faith Jurek, senior
Texas Tech University

Ellen Reeder, sophomore
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

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