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Program Invests Nearly $720,000 in Youth in 16-Year History
HARRISBURG – Twenty-three students received $3,750 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff presented the scholarship awards, explaining the significant role youth play in the agricultural industry, Pennsylvania’s number one industry.

 “Providing these outstanding students with Farm Show Scholarships is truly an investment in the future of Pennsylvania agriculture,” said Wolff.  “They are the next generation of leaders for our industry, and it is exciting to think about the possibilities that lie ahead.” 

Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded $718,250 to 296 junior Farm Show exhibitors.  In addition, Delaware Valley College and Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences offer a matching grant program to full-time students, doubling their scholarship to $7,500. 

The 2009 scholarship recipients are:
• Kelsey Binkley, Conestoga, Lancaster County
• Benjamin Cashell, Chambersburg, Franklin County
• Courtney Cowden, Prosperity, Washington County
• Katelynn Curtis, Landisburg, Perry County
• Christopher Diamond, Smithfield, Fayette County
• Joshua Ebert, Blairsville, Westmoreland County
• Katrina Frey, Quarryville, Lancaster County
• Bridget Friend, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
• Christiana Graver, Lehighton, Carbon County
• Andrea Hochard, Somerset, Somerset County
• Amanda Hoover, Windsor, York County
• Brianna Isenberg, Indiana, Indiana Coutny
• Jacob Logan, Irwin, Westmoreland County
• Kimberly Long, Airville, York County
• Lacey Murray, Garret, Somerset County
• Kyler Myers, Bedford, Bedford County
• Christopher Nebzydoski, Pleasant Mount, Wayne County
• George Peters, Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County
• JoLynda Rolli, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
• Laurell Stolzfus, Geigertown, Berks County
• Kristin Wilcher, Lewistown, Mifflin County
• Nicholas Wingert, Mercersburg, Franklin County
• William Work, Uniontown, Fayette County

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors.  The eight-day show is Jan. 10-17, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $8. 
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