Partnership with Ivy Tech supports students in agriculture programs
KOKOMO, Ind. – Michelle Workman of Wabash, a student in the agriculture program at Ivy Tech Community College, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Farm Credit Mid-America scholarship. The scholarship winners were recognized recently at the Evening on the Farm celebration at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette Campus.
Michelle is a 2007 graduate of Northfield High School. She started working at Liberty Swine Farms in Wabash County in 2003, while in high school, and is now its production manager. She is pursuing an associate degree in Agricultural Science at Ivy Tech with plans to continue her education to a bachelor’s degree.
“I am very passionate about agriculture,” Workman said, adding her career plans include building a nursery-to-finish swine barn and seeking a job in precision farming.
Workman was one of seven students from around Indiana who received scholarships from Farm Credit Mid-America. Farm Credit Mid-America donated $70,000 last year to Ivy Tech agriculture programs. The rural financing organization recently donated an additional $25,000 with a commitment for another $45,000 to create an endowment that will generate scholarships in perpetuity for Ivy Tech students studying agriculture in the College’s Columbus, Richmond, Kokomo, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute and Muncie regions.
“The Ivy Tech Foundation could not be more appreciative of Farm Credit Mid-America’s generosity,” said Annette Lamb, executive director of Development Operations for Ivy Tech. “The impact you are making across the state in agriculture embodies our mission of ‘Changing Lives’ and ‘Making Indiana Great.’”