Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 15 children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers.
The Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded each student a $5,000 scholarship. The Foundation was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The Foundation has awarded scholarships to children of its associates and independent farm family partners every year since 1983.
The following nine scholarship recipients are children of Perdue associates:
- Josh Domingo, son of Czar and Joselyn Domingo of Berlin, Md., will attend the University of Maryland, College Park to pursue a degree in cyber security. He developed his interest in computers at an early age and hopes to offset the cyber problems the nation is facing.
- Ethan George, son of Binu George of Cookeville, Tenn., will attend the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. He is interested in green technologies and wants to work on sustainable solutions for the planet.
- Mackenzie Johnson, daughter of Douglas and Kim Johnson of Salisbury, Md., will attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in equine science and management. She plans to work in the growing field of equine care and wants to work for an organization that develops medications and therapies for horses.
- Lindsay Jones, daughter of Lloyd and Susan Jones of Bishopville, Md., will attend Washington College to pursue a degree in business management. Her interests include expanding her cupcake business, which she began when she was 12, and opening a hotel.
- Alanna Klos, daughter of Kevin and Elizabeth Klos of Salisbury, Md., will attend Johns Hopkins University to pursue a degree in medicine. She is interested in psychiatry and plans to become a psychiatrist, helping people with mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
- Keelee Morgan, daughter of Michael and Jody Morgan of Salisbury, Md., will attend Liberty University to pursue a degree in nursing. She wants to help infants and children as a pediatric nurse.
- Anna Price, daughter of Kelly and Lyn Price of Dillon, S.C., will attend Clemson University to pursue a degree in animal science. She has an interest in animal welfare and plans on becoming a veterinarian so she can help both people and their beloved pets.
- John Roach, son of John and Tamara Roach of Statesville, N.C., will attend Duke University to pursue a degree in biochemistry. He is concerned about the state of dental care in the country and plans on becoming a dentist so he can help people have healthier teeth and gums.
- Amy Smith, daughter of Glenn and Sue Smith of Lawrenceburg, Ky., will attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in education. Her goal is to teach music to children and young adults and share the joys of the performing arts with them.
The six children of Perdue farmers who received scholarships are:
- Mikhaila Deonarine, daughter of Dasrat and Anjanie Deonarine of Georgetown, Del., will pursue a degree in medical and clinical laboratory technology. She plans to become a physician’s assistant, a role she feels is very important in effective and efficient healthcare.
- Adam Harper, son of Roy and Barbara Harper of Moorefield, W.Va., will attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in agriculture. He loves the farming life and plans to work in agriculture education, helping other farmers improve their farms and succeed in their endeavors.
- Emily Jenkins, daughter of Nathan and Diana Jenkins of Belton, Ky., will attend Kentucky Wesleyan College to pursue a degree in biology. Biology intrigues her and she enjoys outdoor life and working with animals. She plans to apply her love of wildlife, botany, or ecology to some aspect of agriculture management.
- Summer Lackey, daughter of Daniel and Andrea Lackey of Stony Point, N.C., will attend High Point University to pursue a degree in biology. She loves children and wants to become a physician’s assistant in the field of pediatrics, making doctor visits for children as positive and pleasant as possible.
- Macon Maxey, son of Frank and Deborah Maxey of Chatham, Va., will attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to pursue a degree in aerospace or aeronautical engineering. He enjoys using math and science to figure out the way things move and looks forward to working in this challenging and exciting field.
- Haley Pulsifer, daughter of Kimberly Steele of Perry, Ga., and Bobby Pulsifer of Hawkinsville, Ga., will attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to pursue a degree in agribusiness. Her love for agriculture drives her to want to work with other farmers, especially helping them with the financial aspect of their business.