PCC Student receives Kansas Farm Bureau Scholarship

12 May 2020

Pratt Community College (PCC) agricultural science student, Jaden Smith, has been awarded a Kansas Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture scholarship. College students that are attending a Kansas college with a Kansas Farm Bureau Collegiate Chapter and are a collegiate chapter member studying in a field that benefits agriculture and rural Kansas are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

“This scholarship means a lot to me. Being a child of the agriculture industry, I have seen the struggles of the Ag life,” said Smith. “It is important to me so I can continue my education and eventually give back and be an Agriculture teacher.”

Smith grew up in Almena, Kan. and attended Northern Valley high school. During Smith’s time in high school, she was involved in volleyball, basketball, track, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Forensics, and Student Council. In her local FFA chapter, Smith served as a representative, the 2018-2019 Northwest Kan. district FFA president and was the president of her local chapter for two years.

Before attending PCC, Smith worked at the Norton County Farm Bureau Office. Smith initially learned about Collegiate Farm Bureau (CFB) while working at the Norton County Farm Bureau Office. When Smith started school at PCC she joined the CFB group. Jackie Mundt, CFB sponsor, informed Smith about the Kansas Farm Bureau scholarship and encouraged her to apply.

At PCC Smith is involved in CFB, she is the rodeo manager, member of student leadership council and will be a Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2020-2021 school year.
“Jackie pushed me and I placed at young farmer’s and rancher’s discussion meet and got fourth,” said Smith.

During Smith’s time at PCC so far, she has placed at Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s discussion meet and placed fourth, traveled to Austin, Texas and with CFB and qualified for state in Manhattan, Kan. this past February.

Smith’s goal is to finish her general education requirements at PCC and then move on to Kansas State University or West Texas A&M.

“My ag teachers and other teachers are really committed to their students,” said Smith. “Barrett Smith reached out to find me another scholarship that he knew I might qualify for. The teachers care about their students and it makes us work harder in and out of the classroom. I’m really glad I chose Pratt.”

The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment. PCC is proud to be a part of the community in Pratt, Kansas. With more than 80 years of history, PCC remains humbled to serve our community and students who come to build a foundation for their future. PCC is a two-year public, comprehensive community college and an area vocational school. For more information visit prattcc.edu or call us at 620-672-5641.

“It’s an awesome culture at PCC,” said Smith. “Being on student leadership I can interact with the president and board of trustees and talk about what we like and don’t like at Pratt.”