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Scholarship winners

Scholarship winners are, front row, from left, Geneffer Sweatman and Christle Tindall. Back row, from left, are Siah Williams, Jack Berry and William Mills.

Cattlemen award scholarships

Five Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College agriculture students received scholarships during the Orangeburg Area Cattlemen’s Association dinner meeting in December at Tri-County Electric Cooperative in St. Matthews.

This is the seventh year that the group has awarded scholarships to area students studying agriculture.

Scholarship winners are:

  • Geneffer Sweatman, Roger Thompson Memorial Scholarship.
  • Christle Tindall, Siah Williams and Jack Berry, Orangeburg Area Cattlemen’s Association Scholarships.
  • William Mills, OCtech Excellence in Agricultural Studies Scholarship.

Specialized transfer programs offer OCtech agriculture students the opportunity to continue their education at Clemson University. Learn more at octech.edu. The Orangeburg Area Cattlemen’s Association is comprised of members from Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg, Lexington, Dorchester and other surrounding counties. Membership is open to cattle producers and those interested in the industry. For more information, visit sccattle.org/cattlemens-assoc.

Tractor Supply, FFA seek grant applications

For the fourth consecutive year, Tractor Supply Co. and FFA are partnering for the Grants for Growing campaign, a competitive program that provides funding to FFA chapters across the country for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project. The application period extends through Feb. 11.

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Agriculture educators are invited to submit a detailed proposal for a new or existing project that benefits both the larger community as well as future FFA members. Applicants must outline how the chapter will start, sustain or expand on the project.

Following the application period, Tractor Supply will host a fundraiser from Feb. 13-24, inviting customers to make donations in-store or online with purchase to support the future projects. Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be funded in the spring based on the amount of funds raised. Donations will fund grants in the same state they were donated.

FFA advisers interested in applying for a grant can visit http://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit their application. Chapters located near a TSC store are invited to come by and help in the fundraising efforts, while raising awareness for their agriculture programs. Chapters that participate in an in-store activity during the fundraiser can submit a fulfillment form to receive additional points toward their grant application. Chapters do not need to be located near a store to win a grant.

The success of the Grants for Growing program has increased with each year. In 2018 Tractor Supply was able to fully fund more projects than ever due to the support of stores across the country. The campaign raised a record $830,000, enabling 271 grants to be awarded and impacting more than 30,000 students.

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