Community Ag Alliance: RCCW supporting agriculture students
Routt County Cattlewomen is a community-based organization that supports the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing. Our organization has a membership of around 50, and each year, we raise funds for our scholarship fund. RCCW annually gives scholarships to Routt County youth, and this year, we gave $11,500. Our applicants must be seeking a degree that impacts the beef industry or belong to a beef-producing family here in Routt County. He or she must also interview with a panel of members to show knowledge of the cattle industry and to explain his or her hopes to impact the future of agriculture
RCCW gives the bulk of our money to continuing education scholarships. These students have already completed at least one year of college and have fewer opportunities to obtain financial assistance. We gave $2000 each to four deserving students.
Aleigh Aurin, of Steamboat, will be a junior at Utah State University. She is working towards a B.S. in agriculture systems technology with a minor in ag business. She made the Dean’s List in both her freshmen and sophomore years. She is a member of the intercollegiate rodeo team and the Ag Tech Club, and her future plans include becoming a ranch manager.
Heather Nereson, of Hayden, is working on a nutrition degree from Colorado State University. She just completed her freshmen year and was able to educate her peers about the nutritional benefits of lean beef. She is very busy at college, competing on the CSU Ice Skating Team, participating as a member of the Nutrition Club and serving on the Ram Leadership Team to discuss CSU senate topics.
Josie Rossi has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average with her coursework in mechanical engineering through the University of Colorado. Entering her junior year, she is also acquiring a minor in watershed technology and hopes to use these two areas of academics to pursue a career in hydrology. Josie is from a long-time ranching family in Phippsburg and she sees a future where she can help ranchers innovate irrigation practices.
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Abigail Horn, of Toponas, is attending Kansas State University and working on an agriculture economics degree with a pre-law specialty option. She belongs to the Block and Bridle Club, the collegiate 4-H Club and most recently was given the honor of being a KSU ambassador for the College of Agriculture. The Horn family ranches in South Routt County, and Abigail has always been active in her family’s endeavors. She will be a junior next year and plans to graduate a semester early to intern with an ag agency, then attend law school at the University of Wyoming. She plans to pursue a career in ag law.
RCCW also gave scholarships to three graduating seniors from Soroco High School. Tia Rozell received $1,500 to pursue an agriculture education degree at Frank Phillips College in Bolger, Texas. Izabel Horn received $1,000 to study horticulture at CSU, and Jessica Rossi received $1,000 to attend Eastern Wyoming College. Jessica will double major in agricultural business and farm and ranch management.
Krista Monger serves as treasurer for RCCW.
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