From left — Lloyd Smucker; George and Patricia Kuharic; Caitlin Wolfgang; Secretary Russell C. Redding.
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Junior Simmental Association president Caitlin Wolfgang was one of twenty-five students who each received a $3,500 scholarship on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.
Caitlin Wolfgang, 21, is a junior at Stevenson University in Maryland. She is majoring in psychology with a human services minor with hopes of becoming an adoption agent. As a member of Dauphin County 4-H, Caitlin served as president and secretary of her livestock club. Also active in the PJSA she exhibits her cattle at the KILE and NAILE as well as at the PA Farm Show. Caitlin’s volunteer work at the Farm show includes poinsettia wrapping and watering, Souvenir Books sales, working in the information booths, assisting with Simmental shows and helping with beef check-in. At college she is a member of the Psychology Club, works at the Link Tutoring Center and is a 3-year recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship.
Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding presented the scholarship awards, recognizing the integral contributions youth make in keeping Pennsylvania growing.
“The future of Pennsylvania agriculture looks bright thanks to the hard work and dedication of these young leaders,” said Redding. “We also thank their parents and families who have molded them into these outstanding individuals, and to the foundation for providing this investment in the state’s number one industry.”
The foundation has awarded $886,250 to 344 junior Farm Show exhibitors since the program began in 1993. In addition, Delaware Valley College provides matching grants to its recipients, and in 2011, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences offers $2,000 to its full-time students.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15, 2011, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.