Innovacyn, a leader in developing innovative medical devices and solutions in the human and animal health industries, has announced the recipients of the company’s annual Vetericyn® Future Innovators of Agriculture College Scholarship Award. The scholarship was open to any high school senior who exhibits a passionate commitment to the agriculture industry through academic and leadership positions.
This year’s winners, Alexis Pedrow from Anderson County Jr/Sr High School in Garnett, KS and Brendan Register from T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School in Seville, FL will each be given $4,000 towards his or her pursuit of higher education.
More than 24 high school seniors submitted applications for this year’s scholarship awards. Applicants are judged on written answers to multiple essay questions demonstrating commitment and knowledge of the agriculture industry through education, academics, volunteer work and life experiences.
“Innovacyn is dedicated to supporting the animal care community through numerous grants and charity events and this scholarship award is particularly special to us as we recognize the future leaders of our industry,” said Innovacyn CEO Bob Burlingame. Burlingame, a former FFA member, launched the Vetericyn Scholarship Program in 2013 after memorably engaging with a group of passionate FFA student members at the organization’s annual convention. “We are honored to be able to help these active students continue to gain footing as they head off to college and pursue their interests,” Burlingame added.
About the Winners
Alexis Pedrow is this year’s class Valedictorian and will attend Kansas State University where she will pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She is an extremely motivated and dedicated student, FFA member president, athlete and employee. Alexis has competed in the Milk Quality and Products CDE contest, winning at the state level and placing fourth in the country in individual scoring and second in team competition. She is currently employed at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Garnett, Kansas where she did her work-study program.
Brendon Register has grown up on his family’s multigenerational farm in Seville, Florida where he now manages 18 head of cattle and more than 12 acres of foliage for the cut floral industry. Brendon is actively involved in the FFA and 4H, winning multiple local and state contests and competing at the national level for FFA Prepared Public Speaking. He represented Florida at the National Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club and is this year’s Salutatorian for his senior class. Brendon will study at University of Florida’s Agriculture and Life Sciences as the foundation to an agriculture law degree.
The purpose of this award program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students to become leaders in the agriculture industry. Each year these scholarships are granted to incoming college freshmen to be allotted in even increments over the course of their college career.