The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club received five national awards from the National Block and Bridle Club this year. ISU students received awards in four categories.
Club member Macy Marek, a 2019 animal science graduate, won the Outstanding Senior Award. Justin Swanton, a senior in animal science, placed second in the Outstanding Junior Award category. Both awards are based on Block and Bridle activities and academic successes. Awardees will receive an engraved clock and cash.
The club placed first in the annual yearbook competition. The 2018-19 yearbook chair was Morgan Fitzsimmons, a junior in ag and life sciences education.
The club won fourth place in the club activities division. The student organization works to promote animal agriculture and educate the public on the importance of agriculture. To do that, the club hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from organizing shows and sales for various livestock species to hosting Animal Learning Day and the Hunger Fight.
The awards were to be presented in April at the 100th National Block and Bridle Convention in Ames, Iowa, and hosted by ISU, but the event was canceled due to COVID-19. The ISU Block and Bridle Club is one of the largest clubs on the Iowa State campus with more than 300 members.
2020 Cargill Global Scholars
In other ISU news, two College of Ag and Life Sciences students — Rebecca Johnson and Lien Tran — have been selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars. This international scholarship program began in 2013 and offers a scholarship award of $2,500 per year for up to two years.
Johnson is a junior in agronomy, and Tran is a junior in environmental science. They will join eight other scholars selected for the program’s eighth leadership development seminar facilitated by Cargill. The seminar will provide training in various business and leadership skills. The two winners will also each be paired with a Cargill business leader who will serve as their one-on-one mentor for the next 12 months.
In summer 2021, Johnson and Tran will rejoin their fellow U.S. cohort members to participate in a five-day global leadership seminar with scholars selected for the program from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia to further build on their leadership development skills and broaden their global mindset.
Students selected as Global Scholars demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential, and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, ag and risk management. Including Johnson and Tran, 13 ISU students in total have been selected as Cargill Global Scholars finalists since the program’s inception, making ISU the top university in the U.S. for producing the Cargill Global Scholars Program.
For more information about the program, go to cargillglobalscholars.com.