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2018 Scholarship

Congratulations to those awarded the 2018 New Mexico Junior Livestock Scholarships

Bruce & Alice King Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Recipient 
Jaidyn Swartz

I am the 18 year old daughter of John and Joy Weisdorfer. I live on a small farm in North-Eastern New Mexico, 30-miles from the nearest town. I have been involved in 4-H for the past 9 years, where I have taken part in many activities including county fair, state fair, National 4-H Congress, National Western Stock Show, and Arizona National Livestock Show. I have also been involved in FFA for the past five years. When I was 14-years-old I began my own show pigs business, selling to kids in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. This was my last year breeding, as I am going 6-hours away for college. 


I will be attending New Mexico State University this fall to major in Animal Science and minor in Agriculture Business. I hope to attend vet school and, one day, open my own large animal practice. I have been involved in agriculture all my life and plan to for the rest of it. Giving back to the community that has given so much to me is my ultimate goal. 

Marvin Hunter Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Recipient Rebecca Rush

Hi! My name is Rebecca Rush. I just graduated from Melrose High School and will be attending NMSU this fall. I have grown up on a small farm North of Melrose where I work with my parents, grandparents, and brothers in raising beef cattle, wheat, grain sorghum, hay grazer, and sesame (we have only tried sesame once so far). I have been an active member in the Wranglers 4-H Club in Quay County, the Melrose FFA Chapter, Melrose Business Professionals of America, the NM Supercomputing Challenge, and the 4-P Gun Club Youth Trap Team. While in 4-H and FFA I have expanded my knowledge of agriculture and it's systems while also being able to start my own cattle herd with the heifers that I showed. 

Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to become a veterinarian. In pursuit of this dream I have been job-shadowing with the Clovis Veterinary Hospital in Clovis, NM. Being able to be in that environment more has allowed me to learn more than I ever would have imagined. Every day that I am scheduled to go to the clinic I am so excited to go and come home having learned many things each and every time that I visit.

I really appreciate everything that you have done for me and the opportunities that have been opened up as a result of your generosity. Thank you so much for everything!

$1,000 Recipient Savanna Fox

Savanna Fox graduated from Gateway Christian School in Roswell,  NM.  She is a member of the Shepherd's Flock 4-H  Club.  Savanna has had the opportunity to show pigs, dairy heifers, poultry and rabbits.  She has also been fortunate to compete at County, District, and State level competitions over her 9 years of  participating in 4-H.  Along with her 4-H projects that she completed during her High School years, Savanna played varsity volleyball, basketball, and track all 4 years.  Two of the years, she was blessed to be on a State Champion 2A Cheer Squad.  She also worked hard to qualify for state in track; that led her to podium in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and long jump two years in a row at the NM State Track Competitions.

Savanna will continue her education at Eastern NM University-Roswell, where she will pursue a career in Nursing.  Currently, Savanna is working at assisting the Junior High volleyball team at Gateway, and then in the Spring she will be assisting the Gateway track teams.

$1,000 Recipient Emily Doss

My name is Emily Doss. My parents are John and Sharon Doss, and I have one sibling, a brother named Caleb. I was born and have been raised in New Mexico and am a graduate of Goddard High School. I have been involved with 4-H and Future Farmers of America (F.F.A.) and have always had a love for wildlife. Through 4-H and F.F.A. I have also found a love for agriculture. I will be attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) in August 2018 to major in Range Management with a minor in Wildlife Management.  I plan to use this degree to give back to the agriculture community by improving livestock grasslands and wildlife habitats.  
In the future, I hope to work for the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M) as a Range and Wildlife Specialist, where I will improve Wildlife and Range habitats. Recently, I have been hired to work as an intern for the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at NMSU.  I will be working with the Geographical Information System (G.I.S.) learning about remote sensing, dryland and savanna ecology, and carbon cycle science. 
I am very grateful for this scholarship and will use it towards my education.