Aggie students gain from Lancaster Co. Farm Bureau scholarships

Two graduates of Lincoln high schools, Chris Reynolds, left, and Emmaly Wright, are students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Each received a scholarship from Lancaster County Farm Bureau. (Photo by Sophie Nutter, NCTA student photographer)

Two students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis are wrapping up their spring semester of college, thanks in part to scholarship support from ag producers in Lancaster County.

Emmaly Wright of Lincoln is finishing an equine industry management major, while Chris Reynolds of Lincoln is a veterinary technology student.

Both students are recent recipients of scholarships provided by Lancaster County Farm Bureau through a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Members of Lancaster County Farm Bureau encourage students to pursue careers in agriculture, animal health and related industries, said Burdette Piening, whose family farms near Lincoln.
Piening is chair of the county scholarship committee, which provides scholarship support to ag students at NCTA, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and three community colleges.

“We believe in agriculture, education and the young people entering Nebraska’s workforce,” Piening said.

Wright and Reynolds were awarded their $1,000 scholarships through NCTA’s financial aid office. Scholarship recipients do not need to be members of Farm Bureau but must have graduated from a high school in Lancaster County.

Wright, a 2016 graduate of Lincoln East High School, has a summer internship working at an equine facility before finishing her studies in August.

Wright’s career goal is to work at a horse training or boarding facility. She showed horses through Lancaster County 4-H, worked at an area stable during high school and then took her horse, Lucky, along to Curtis. Classes in nutrition and feeding, reproduction, disease prevention and treatment, training and riding horses, and facilities management have her well prepared for her career.

Reynolds, a Lincoln Southwest High School graduate, is back home in Lincoln during the coronavirus pandemic, taking veterinary technology courses remotely. He plans to return to Curtis for summer session in mid-June.

Reynolds said he’s always been interested in taking care of animals and seeks a job in a veterinary clinic or zoo. Currently his courses include parasitology, radiology, nursing and exotics.

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