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2021-2022 CAES Alumni Association Scholars

Eight CAES students were honored as the 2021-2022 CAES Alumni Association Scholars. The freshman, transfer and graduate scholarships are funded by the UGA CAES Alumni Association Eterna endowment. The East Georgia alumni chapter also has an endowed scholarship that provides funds for one scholarship.


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Lauren Choi, Transfer Scholar
BSA – Food Science, ’25

Career Goal
Food Scientist

Why did you choose to attend CAES?
While I am not the first to attend college in my family, I will be the first to be attending to pursue my dreams and interests. My love of the sciences and specific chemistry was perfectly balanced with my passion for food through my major in Food Science.

What thank you message would you like to send to people who provide financial support to CAES?
Through this support, I hope I can spend more time helping others and spending time outdoors. I am so thankful for being chosen and can not wait to pursue my education through UGA!


Justin Daniel

Justin Daniel, Freshman Scholar
BSA – Food Science, ’24

Career Goal
Improve food quality and availability

Why did you choose to attend CAES?
One of the reasons I chose UGA is because it is one of the only universities in Georgia with the major I want to pursue. I will be majoring in Food Science. I have many college and professional goals I plan to achieve. I hope to be able to improve the quality as well as the availability of food to a great population of people.

What thank you message would you like to send to people who provide financial support to CAES?
I am immensely grateful to have the opportunity to attend college. With this opportunity, come the expenses of college. The gravity of this expense can be a scary thing to handle. This scholarship would alleviate some financial burden from my family and I am extremely honored to receive this award. Thank You!


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Katlyn Davis, East Georgia Chapter Scholar
BSA – Animal Science, ’24

Career Goal
Food Animal Veterinarian

What is your favorite part of being a CAES student?
Even in a pandemic, I was welcomed to a community and family in CAES that has gone above and beyond to support me. I have been blessed with amazing professors in my CAES classes and have fallen in love with organizations like Block and Bridle and Young Farmers and Ranchers within the college.

What thank you message would you like to send to people who provide financial support to CAES?
I am so passionate about spreading agricultural literacy and improving animal welfare, so I can’t wait to be supporting the producers that feed the world. Thank you again for believing in my dream!


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Kaitlin Dees, Transfer Scholar
BSA – Animal Science, ’23

Career Goal
Doctor

Why did you choose to attend CAES?
When planning on attending UGA, there was no other college that I wanted to be a part of but CAES. I chose the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to find a mentor that I could be involved in and contribute to their research endeavors.

How has this scholarship impacted your educational experience at CAES?
When I chose to attend the University of Georgia, it was my dream school, but I did not believe it was an option. The reason I thought UGA was not an option was due to my family’s financial obligations.


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William Garbett, Transfer Scholar
BSA – Agribusiness, ’23

Career Goal
Feed Sales

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to become a feed sales representative. I have always enjoyed traveling to new places and with this type of occupation I will be able to travel a lot.

How has this scholarship impacted your educational experience at CAES?
This scholarship has impacted not only my life as a CAES student, but my life as a whole by helping take off some of the burden of cost as many fellow students worry about. Also, I would like to add that transferring from a small school in Fort Scott, Kansas can be intimidating and receiving this scholarship has truly made me feel welcomed.


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Marlin Pollock, Freshman Scholar
BSA – Biological Science, ’25

Career Goal
Physician’s Assistant

How will this scholarship impacted your educational experience at CAES?
This scholarship allows me to further my education and prepare myself for the future that lies ahead at the University of Georgia and beyond.

What thank you message would you like to send to people who provide financial support to CAES?
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to represent the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and for entrusting me with this chance to further my education.


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Chasadee Sturgess, Transfer Scholar
BSA – Animal Science, ’22

Career Goal
Zookeeper

How is your CAES education preparing you for life after graduation?
CAES have shown me how to work with different animals and how some animals work internally which allows me to understand them better.

What is your most memorable CAES experience so far?
My favorite part of being a CAES student is getting to do things with the animals, especially the dairy cows. I was surprised by how cuddly and nice they were.


Preet Virk

Preet Virk, Graduate Scholar
MS – Crop and Soil Science, ’19
PhD – Crop and Soil Science, ’24

What thank you message would you like to send to people who provide financial support to CAES?
This scholarship means a lot to me. It not only recognizes the research and accomplished but also encourages and motivates to continue the efforts in this field. I would like to thank donors for introducing this scholarship and grateful being the recipient of this award this year.


Contributions to the CAES Alumni Association Endowment help provide scholarships and unique opportunities for students, faculty and alumni that will in turn allow Ag Dawgs to thrive. The CAES East Georgia Chapter Scholarship Endowment supports an annual scholarship for a CAES student.