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AEE Senior Selected for National Scholarship

Posted: May 16, 2012

The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) recently selected 15 students from candidates representing most major agricultural universities to receive the 2011 Delmar-Cengage Learning – NAAE Upper Division Scholarship. Penn State AEE Senior Doug Masser was one of those selected for this selective award. Students are selected from criteria including GPA, leadership and service activities, as well as a written essay.

The scholarship is targeted for those students who are majoring in agricultural education and will be completing their student teaching in the fall 2011 or spring 2012 semester. Doug will be completing his student teaching internship with Mr. Mark Deitrich of Upper Dauphin High School.

Doug is a very active undergraduate. He is a Schreyer’s Honor Student and is working on completing an undergraduate research project related to the utilization of community advisory boards in school-based secondary agricultural education. Doug also is currently serving as the President of Alpha Tau Alpha, an agricultural education honorary and vice-president of the Penn State Collegiate FFA.

In his essay, Doug wrote, “Even though keeping agriculture at the front of every educator’s and citizen’s mind will not be easy, I am up to the challenge of dedicating my life to agriculture so our nation’s youth can experience the endless opportunities an agriculture education program can offer.  I will make a difference in our nation’s youth and the only way I can do that is stick to my deeply rooted passion and teach agriculture!”

Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education is very proud to Doug as one of its many outstanding students. To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes positive impact on the lives of students by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the department at teachag@psu.edu.