By Marlene Kouba
Meggie Fischer, of rural Amidon, was the North Dakota winner for the national Marilyn Spiker/Sheila Massey Memorial Scholarship this spring.
Meggie is the daughter of Leonard and Nancy Fischer who farm and ranch near Amidon in southwestern North Dakota. She graduated from Bowman County High School and was active in basketball, cross country, track and field, FFA, SADD, band, choir, church youth group and church choir.
She plans on attending NDSU in Fargo this fall to study in the veterinary technology program.
“Meggie believes American agriculture will help with the demand for the world’s increasing population. She thinks many farmers, ranchers and scientists are working to improve technologies and techniques in agriculture,“ says Phyllis Howatt of Langdon, State Chairman of the Scholarship program.
She said it was difficult to make the choice among the entrants for the contest and encourages her and other young women to consider entering next year.
Each state chooses one winner and that entry then goes to the national chairman to select final winners. Meggie did not win on the national level but she has become a member of ND WIFE for one year for her efforts and will receive its monthly newsletter to help promote her education in agriculture.
The Scholarship program is sponsored by the Foundation for Agricultural Education and Development (FAED) in cooperation with Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) on the state and national levels. The contest is open to any young woman who will begin their first or second year of college.
This year there were three national winners of $1000 each to the college of their choice. The 2019 winners are Emma Goosic of Franklin, NE; Haleigh Prosser of Wiley, CO; and Anna Silvka of Winifred, MT.
FAED is the educational branch of WIFE and WIFE is a grassroots organization committed to improving profitability and education in production agriculture. For more information about either organization, contact Howatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.