The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) awarded Sadie Constantine, who is attending Paul Smith’s College in New York, the Gregory Finn Scholarship during the organization’s annual meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Nov. 29.
The Gregory Finn Scholarship was established in loving memory of a good friend to agriculture. Gregory L. Finn was MFBF information & public relations director, a religious and devoted family man, who died of a heart attack in 1983 at the age of 55.
“This scholarship was developed to help college students who are interested in fostering learning between consumers and the ag community,” said MFBF President Mark Amato, who manages Verrill Farm in Concord. “Gregory Finn was a natural at agricultural communications and I am glad to see his legacy continue into 2018 and beyond.”
To qualify for a scholarship, recipients must be a child or legal dependent of a regular member in good standing with MFBF. They also must be at least in their junior year of college, pursuing a degree related to agriculture or communications.
Constantine grew up on her family’s small beef farm in Spencer and through her involvement on the farm and in 4-H, she developed a love of the land. She is studying natural resources conservation and management and hopes one day to work in the parks system where she can educate the general public.
Constantine believes that the key to consumer education about the environment starts with the next generation. She previously worked as a teacher’s aide, which helped her learn how to plan lessons and adapt to educating younger children. While preparing for her career, Constantine is excited to learn more about the environment and renewable resources.