PCC WOO Student receives Kansas Farm Bureau Scholarship

28 May 2020

Pratt Community College (PCC) Wildlife Outfitting and Operations (WOO) student, Caleb Hinck, 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 helps out a lot, I won't have to go get a second job to pay for college," said Hinck. "It helps out a lot more."

Hinck grew up in Eskridge, Kan. on a small family row crop farm. Growing up, he was heavily involved in 4-H and raised pigs. In high school Hinck was involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA), National Honor Society (NHS), wildlife career development events, livestock judging, hunting, fishing and as many outdoor activities as possible. During his time in 4-H, he held several offices including treasurer, historian and vice president. In FFA he also held positions, including junior treasurer, treasurer and president.

"I applied for this scholarship due to being grown up around Farm Bureau," said Hinck. "It's something I've been a part of and want to keep being a part of."

Jackie Mundt, the Collegiate Farm Bureau (CFB) sponsor at PCC, and Hinck's local Farm Bureau agent told him about this scholarship opportunity.

At PCC Hinck is involved in CFB, Block and Bridle, shooting sports team and the student leadership team.

During Hinck's time in CFB at PCC so far, he has become the CFB Vice President, traveled to Austin, Texas for the National American Farmers and Ranchers Association Conference, attended WFNR with CFB and competed in events at the conference, competed at a discussion meet. In shooting sports, Hinck has had the opportunity to travel across the state with the team and compete. In student leadership, Hinck has had the opportunity to talk to students in other programs at PCC, update them on the programs that he is involved in and learn what is going on in the other programs. Alongside these discussions in Student Leadership, they can talk to PCC faculty members and the president and share their thoughts on the institution. 

Hinck's goal after PCC is to attend a four-year university and continue his Wildlife Outfitting and Operations education or get a job in the field. Hinck would eventually like to get a job at the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and work as a wildlife manager.

"One of my favorite things about Pratt is that it is a small school with teachers willing to help, and they are easy to get ahold of," said Hinck. "There are lots of opportunities to get involved and see what you like and don't like."

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.