JJC Agriculture Student Receives GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship
Joliet Junior College agriculture student Jenna Siegel has been announced as a recipient of a 2023 GROWMARK Foundation scholarship.
Siegel is one of 20 community college/technical school students receiving a $2,000 scholarship from the GROWMARK Foundation.
“When I found out I received this scholarship, I honestly didn't know how big of a deal it was,” Siegel said. “Once people started congratulating me after seeing it on Facebook, it really started to sink in. Over 500 students from all over the United States and parts of Canada applied, and only 55 students were chosen.”
The scholarship application consisted of four essay questions about work experience, organization involvement, leadership roles and awards.
“Jenna is a fantastic student in the agriculture department at JJC,” said Jeffrey Landers, associate professor in agriculture at JJC. “She is a student that has a strong passion for the industry and is dedicated to her future success as a professional. Jenna has been very involved in the department through volunteering for department events, being a member of the livestock judging team and competing in the Student Agriculture Association.”
This past summer, Siegel interned with Syngenta where she worked with emerging agricultural technologies. Landers said the internship has led to full-time employment opportunities Siegel intends to pursue.
The agribusiness student is set to graduate from JJC with an associate degree in applied science in May 2024 and wants to “continue pursuing my passion of agriculture and be able to give back to the industry that has given and taught me so much.”
"My passion for agriculture is a reflection of my belief in its power to make a positive difference in the world and sustain life,” the Morris, Illinois native said. “It's not just a career or a hobby for me; it's a way of life that I wholeheartedly embrace. Agriculture is a dynamic field with endless opportunities for learning and growth. It's a harmonious blend of science, technology and tradition. Whether it's exploring the latest advancements in precision farming or connecting with the rich culture of farming communities, there's always something new to discover.”
As for why Siegel chose JJC, she says it was “a quick decision.”
“I believe that my education here will equip me with the skills and knowledge I need to pursue a successful career in agriculture business and make a positive impact on the industry.”