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TODAYcrop insurance 1890 Scholarship Recipients NCIS annually awards scholarships to two students majoring in an agricultural discipline and enrolled at an 1890 Land-Grant University. The 1890 Land-Grant institutions are historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The purpose of this scholarship program is to enable deserving students to further their education and to expose them to the business of crop insurance. Once awarded, the scholarships are in effect for four semesters as long as the recipients meet the academic qualification requirements and continue as a full-time undergraduate student in good standing at the University. The recipients this year are Tashieka Smith, majoring in agribusiness management at Alabama A&M University, and Jacquelyn Nicole Edwards, attending the university of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and majoring in agricultural business. By Dr. Laurence Crane, NCIS Tashieka Smith After learning she had been selected for an NCIS scholarship Ms. Smith wrote: “It is an honor to be awarded this National Crop Insurance Services Scholarship. This scholarship is helping me get back on track financially. Now that I have this scholarship I don’t have to take out as much money for a loan. It’s not possible to get good career jobs without a college degree and this award will help keep me in school so that I can receive my degree. The NCIS Scholarship will assist me in achieveing my goal of receiving a quality education in an area (agribusiness management) I so much love. I’d like to thank you for all you are doing for me.” Tashieka is the youngest of three children and the only one who has been able to attend college. She attended an agricultural high school in Chicago and became familiar with agricultural education Since starting college she has made the Dean’s list for academic achievement every semester. Dr. Duncan M. Chembezi, Professor and Director of the Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University wrote when he nominated her for this scholarship: “Tashieka is an energetic young woman, engaging, always curious, and willing to learn. She is focused, articulate, and works well with others and individually. Tashieka’s most enduring quality perhaps is that she is reliable and works hard; she is able to finish tasks without supervision.” Alabama A&M University (AAMU). Reflecting its heritage as a traditional 1890 land-grant institution, Alabama A&M University functions as a teaching, research, and public service institution, including extension. The campus is situated in Normal only a short distance from downtown Huntsville, the site of the school’s founding. The school was founded in 1875 by a former slave, William Hooper Councill, and opened as the “Huntsville Normal School”. It was established as a land-grant institution in 1890, Scholarship Qualifications: • Continuing status as a full-time undergraduate student at an 1890 Land-Grant University. • Have completed the sophomore year in college and are considered a junior (four semesters to graduate). • Have a declared major in an agricultural discipline. • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. • U.S. Citizen. CROP INSURANCE TODAY 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today November 2012

The Song Remains the Same
2012 Farm Bill Debate -- Crop Insurance Takes Center Stage
Step 7: Developing and Testing Transitional Plans
Vermont Orchard Depends on Crop Insurance
Jim Deal Receives Orville L. Freeman Award
Charles "Chuck" Lee Joins NCIS
Drought & Adjuster Education is Video Shoot Focus
1890 Scholarship Recipients
In Memory of Brian J. Laird

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