TC Scholarship Recipient — Katie — Marquette, Nebraska
Agriculture is everything to me. Agriculture is my passion. It’s what I grew up in. It’s what I grew up doing. It’s what I grew up watching people do. I grew up in a rural community in Nebraska called Stromsburg. It’s a really cute little town. And then I grew up on an acreage where I raised cattle, horses, sheep, chickens . . . You name it I tried it all. And that really taught me to love agriculture and develop agriculture as my passion. And that’s something I’ve stuck with throughout my life. And it’s something that’s made me who I am today. Everybody around me has pushed me and been so supportive that I feel like they deserve to have something come back to them. So that’s why don’t I do with my career is support people in agriculture. Have their stories be told. Because it’s so important what they’re doing every single day. So if I can work for a company that empowers people in agriculture and empowers women in agriculture, that would be a dream come true. My community has given me so much throughout my life that it would be so selfish not to give back to them. In college, I’m still really involved. I volunteer at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo about once a week, if I can. College is very busy. I’m going to interview for an organization that will allow me to serve as a mentor for a younger child in the Lincoln public school system in Nebraska. And that would be a really cool experience because, like I said, you know there’s always somebody in your life who gives you so much of themselves and it inspires you to become a really cool and different person that you ever thought you would turn out to be. And if I could be that person for somebody, that would really change my life and change their life as well. School is expensive. So any scholarships helped a ton. The TransCanada scholarship was really easy to find and really easy to fill out. Some scholarships are super complicated. But this one was quick and easy and easy to find and easy to fill out. Anybody can do it. I would say definitely do it. Take a chance and take a shot at not only scholarship applications, but everything in life. And I think that this is a really good lesson to learn is that if you don’t take the chance you’ll never know if you get the reward or not.