Crittenden awarded $5,000 scholarship
The Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association (NNVGA) recently announced its 2015 NNVGA scholarship winners.
In first place, winning $5,000, is Allison Crittenden of Hardyville, who graduated from Christchurch School in 2012 and is currently a senior at Virginia Tech. Crittenden’s major is agriculture and applied economics with a minor in political science. Her career goal is to be a lobbyist, specializing in the needs of those in the agriculture sector.
In second place, winning $3,000, is Aldyn Abell of Ninde, who graduated high school in 2012 after being home-schooled and taking classes at Rappahannock Community College. She is currently a senior at Virginia Tech with a major in agribusiness and a triple minor in animal science, political science, and leadership and social change. Abell plans to pursue a master’s degree and advocate for agriculture.
In third place, winning $2,000, is Mathew Harris of Heathsville, who graduated from Northumberland High School in 2014 and is currently a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Harris is majoring in crop and soil sciences. He plans to one day take over his family’s grain farming operation, but in the meantime he will pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
NNVGA is a producer group representing the vegetable industry in the Coastal Plains of Virginia. The organization sponsors educational activities for growers and also sponsors other agricultural endeavors including this scholarship program to promote the industry in the region. For more information about this scholarship program or the NNVGA, call 804-493-8924.