Thomas awarded NAFB scholarship

Sarah Thomas, a master’s student in agricultural communication, education, and leadership, was presented the Farmakis Scholarship by the NAFB Foundation at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention recently held in Kansas City, MO.

Since 1977, the NAFB Foundation has provided financial support and educational opportunities in the form of college scholarships to assist students in pursuit of careers in agricultural communication. More than $545,750 in scholarships have been awarded.

“I am proud of Sarah for receiving this scholarship,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). “Sarah continues to be a positive representation of our department. Her academic record and student involvement made her an excellent candidate for this scholarship.”

Each year, the convention brings together agricultural industry leaders and professionals, as well as students focused on the agriculture industry. It’s an opportunity to connect with industry peers, brush up on professional skills, and learn more about opportunities and challenges impacting the U.S. farmer and rancher.

Thomas is a second-year master’s student focusing on agricultural communication. She holds a bachelor of science in dairy science from Virginia Tech University. She is a native of Silk Hope, North Carolina.

Students in the ACEL graduate program at Ohio State may specialize in agricultural communication, agricultural education, community and extension education, international development, or leadership. The agricultural communication, education, and leadership graduate program offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares students for careers as administrators, specialists, university faculty and researchers.