The University of Missouri Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter earned first place in a communications scholarship contest sponsored by Yamaha.
The chapter was awarded $2,500 to help with travel costs associated with students attending the Ag Media Summit and National ACT Meeting held recently in Indianapolis.
Sharon Wood-Turley, assistant professor and program chair of science and agricultural journalism, serves as the Mizzou ACT chapter adviser. “We’re proud of the students for the outstanding work they submitted for the Yamaha-ACT scholarship,” said Wood-Turley. “The award and funds helped our group attend an outstanding conference focused on agricultural communications.”
Yamaha presented custom-painted, school-themed helmets to each chapter that applied for its scholarships. The purpose of the helmets was to encourage ACT students to continue participating in the program and get them talking about off-highway vehicle safety in a fun and positive way.
“The Yamaha-ACT scholarship is a way to recognize our nation’s young people and their commitment to agriculture’s future,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS marketing manager. “Yamaha is proud to support these students and is pleased to acknowledge and celebrate their understanding of ag communications and safe, responsible use of farm equipment.”
The Yamaha ACT Scholarship program has awarded more than $25,000 in its six years in support of the ACT mission of fostering professional development. The Ag Media Summit is one of two yearly meetings for ACT chapters and serves as an important career networking event for the students.
In addition to winning the Yamaha Scholarship, the MU chapter was recognized as the National Chapter of the Year for Community Service Activities.
During the school year, members of the Mizzou ACT chapter focus on professional development activities such as bringing prominent alumni in to speak at meetings and touring agriculture-related communications businesses in broadcast, print and public relations fields. The students work together on a variety of service activities such as Float Your Boat for the Food Bank, and participate in CAFNR events throughout the year.