The North Florida Fair Association Board of Directors established the Lloyd Rhoden Agricultural Scholarship in 1985 in honor of Mr. Lloyd Rhoden, former North Florida Fair Manager and Leon County Extension Director. A $1,000 scholarship is presented annually to two (2) students majoring in agriculture at a Florida institution of higher learning and can be continued up to 4 years for each high school senior receiving the initial award.
This year two (2) Lloyd Rhoden Agricultural Scholarship were awarded. This year’s recipients are: Ms. Jerrica Byrd and Ms. Erin Jones.
Ms. Jerrica Byrd of Suwannee County, is the daughter of Everette and Jerri Byrd. Along with being an active member in her local FFA Club, “Branford FFA”; Jerrica has also been involved with the Lafayette 4-H Club, at both the County and District levels, for a number of years.
In the seven years Jerrica has been a part of the Branford FFA Club she was involved in a multitude of activities; has held the office of Chapter President (2013-14), Vice President (2011-12) and been on numerous committees. As a Chapter Officer, Jerrica has helped plan and organize a number of community service events, organized meetings, and conducted ceremonies, through her affiliation with FFA.
Jerrica’s interest in a program leading to a degree in agriculture stems from growing up on a farm and from her families logging business.
Jerrica will be attending North Florida Community College where she will work towards earning her degree in Agribusiness, with the hope of taking on a lead role in the field of Agribusiness or with the family logging business upon graduating from College.
Ms. Erin Jones of Gilchrist County, is the daughter of Earl and Jean Jones. Along with being an active member in her local FFA Club, “Trenton FFA”; Erin has also been involved with the Wilcox 4-H Club, at the State, County and District levels, for a number of years.
In the seven years Erin has been a part of the Trenton FFA Club she was involved in a multitude of activities; has held the office of Chapter Secretary (2013-14), Chapter Treasurer (2012-13) and been on numerous committees. Erin has assisted with various activities, through her affiliation with FFA, plus participated in many community service events, including Ag Literacy Week by reading to the students.
Erin grew up as a fifth generation on the family farm and has been actively involved in peanut hay and cattle production from an early age. This is where her strong love and passion for the industry was formed. Erin knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in the field that had helped her grow as a person.
Erin will be attending Florida Gateway College where she will earn her degree in Animal Science, with a goal of continuing on to the University of Florida, Veterinarian of Medicine Program.
To be eligible for the scholarship:
A nominee must be a graduated high school senior from a county that annually places a county agricultural exhibit in the North Florida Fair.
A nominee must have indicated through 4-H, FFA, or related activities a sincere interest and potential ability in the field of agriculture.
A nominee must have achieved an acceptable senior placement test score and acceptable grade point average in high school and must maintain acceptable academic standing to continue receiving the stipend. The recipient must also maintain continuous enrollment in an institution of higher learning in the state of FLORIDA with not more than one semester or summer off between two consecutive terms.
Nominations for the scholarship must be made by a County Extension faculty member or a Vocational Agriculture instructor submitted to the selection committee. Applications are due by May 4th, and recipients are selected by July 1st of each year.