College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

AREC Sophomore Awarded Scholarship

Brian GlennThe American Farm Publications Inc., publisher of the Delmarva Farmer and the New Jersey Farmer, recently awarded AREC sophomore Brian Glenn a scholarship; he was one of five recipients.

To qualify for the scholarship, Glenn had to be a resident of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware or New Jersey, have above a 3.5 GPA or above, and had to write an essay describing his experiences in agriculture and why he decided to pursue this career field.

“I’m more interested in making a difference at the policy level and making sure agriculture gets fairly represented in today’s political climate,” said Glenn. “There are so many factors that are affecting agriculture in this modern day, like the issue of feeding a growing population and combating world hunger or adapting to a changing climate.”

Glenn came to the university as an AREC major, knowing he wanted to study the business side of agriculture. Within the major, Glenn is focusing on two fields of study, international agriculture and business management.

“Agriculture is an interdisciplinary field that requires fresh thought and new minds to help tackle the issues for this next generation of farmers,” said Glenn.

Glenn has been involved in agriculture since an early age. He grew up on a small farm in Howard County. Both of his parents also have doctorates in the agricultural field, with his mother having a Ph.D. in animal science, and his father having a Ph.D. in plant science.

“They have been huge proponents of agriculture their whole lives and that has rubbed off on myself, my brother, and my sister,” said Glenn.

He also has been involved in 4-H, raising dairy heifers and beef steer to show at the Howard County Fair, which also fostered his love for agriculture. In 2016, Glenn also received the Howard County Fair Association scholarship.

“These experiences have made me the person I am today, and because of them, I knew I wanted to start a career in agriculture,” said Glenn. “Even more than that, agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world and I want to start a career and serve as an advocate for the industry.”

Glenn is also a AGNR student ambassador and has been involved Block and Bridle.

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