Howard Lake, Minn., native earns ag-related scholarship at South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Maddie Weninger, a senior from Howard Lake, Minn., studying agricultural education and Spanish at South Dakota State University, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 National Association of Agricultural Educators Upper Division Scholarship.

The NAAE Upper Division Scholarship is awarded to 20 students nationwide who are pursuing a degree in agricultural education. Recipients must be student members of NAAE and must complete their student teaching experience in the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters.

“The scholarship is designed to help cover the costs associated with student teaching,” said Laura Hasselquist, assistant professor of teaching, learning and leadership at South Dakota State University. “In addition to normal tuition, student teachers incur extra costs associated with getting a teaching license such as background checks, Praxis exams, etc. Depending on where they are placed, some student teachers have to find local housing as well.”

Throughout high school, Weninger gained her passion for agriculture through FFA and agriculture classes. She then carried that passion into her role as a 2017-2018 state FFA officer with the Minnesota FFA Association. After serving as a state FFA officer, Weninger was selected as a 2019-2020 National Teach Ag Ambassador with NAAE where she served alongside 13 others as advocates for the profession.