2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

Louisville Ag Club scholarship recipients (from left) Rachel Gray, Nancy Cottrell, Ag Club President Bruce Pearce and Tyler Goodlett.

Louisville Ag Club scholarship recipients (from left) Rachel Gray, Nancy Cottrell, Ag Club President Bruce Pearce and Tyler Goodlett.

Young fairgoers have often asked “Freddy”, that giant farm boy sitting on the porch of the Kentucky State Fair, what he does for a regular job. The answer might be “help send young people to college”.

With funds raised by being the voice of Freddy Farm Bureau, and volunteering at efforts like the upcoming PGA tournament, the Louisville AG Club provides scholarships to young people attending college in the pursuit of ag careers. Yesterday, three annual awards were announced, going to students from Taylorsville, LaGrange and Finchville, KY.

Winning the Howard Kamin award is Tyler Goodlett, a recent Spencer County High School graduate who will attend the University of Kentucky this fall. Tyler, son of Mrs. Hope Goodlett of Taylorsville, plans to pursue a degree in agricultural education with hopes of becoming an ag teacher and FFA Advisor. The Kamin Scholarship, named for Ag Club member Howard Kamin who was instrumental in establishing and growing the scholarship effort, is worth $3,800.

Rachel Gray, a graduate of Oldham County High School, is the recipient of the Corley Brown Scholarship, a $2,400 award. Rachel, daughter of Alan and Sharon Gray of LaGrange, also plants to attend the University of Kentucky and major in agricultural biotechnology. A biology course originally spawned her interest in DNA and genetics and she hopes that will eventually lead to a career in genetic research and plant science. The Corley Brown Scholarship is named for one of Jefferson County’s pioneering extension agents for Agriculture.

Nancy Cottrell, a graduate of Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelby County is the winner of the Charles Keene Memorial Scholarship worth $2,400. Nancy is the daughter of Mike and Renee Cottrell of Finchville. Her career goal is also to become an agricultural education teacher and her immediate plans are to enter the University of Kentucky in the fall and focus on agricultural and technical education. The Keene Scholarship recognizes late Louisville ag businessman Charles Keene who founded the Ag Club in the early 1950s.

The Louisville Ag Club is one of the few continually operating metro ag clubs in America that works to bridge the gap between urban and rural populations. Its scholarship effort began in 1983 and through club members’ volunteer efforts, the fund has grown and levels of awards increased over the years. Ag Club scholarships are open to Kentucky and southern Indiana students attending school in either Indiana or Kentucky. One of those more unique fund raising efforts of the club include its members serving as the voice of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Freddy Farmer.

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