The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is one of 280 scholarships we offer our members every year. Named in honor and memory of our Co-Founder, these scholarships are awarded annually to members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of NTHS – Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership.
This year, we’ll be awarding $1,000 to 250 fortunate NTHS members.
The deadline to apply for the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship has been EXTENDED to May 31st! We want to make sure that all our Members have plenty of time to get their applications submitted, given the adjustments that everyone in education is making right now.
Kyleigh Scholten is currently in her second year at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA where she’s working to earn her Associates of Applied Science in Agricultural Business. “I took a particular interest in Agricultural Business during my time in FFA, where I competed in a contest based on fundamentals and financials of business.” Kyleigh’s team won first place for the state of Michigan, and had the opportunity to compete at the national convention. “Studying the material for the contest taught me some valuable information that has led me to a career path that is full of opportunities.”
Kyleigh began riding horses in the first grade, and was soon showing them on the weekends as well. During middle school and high school, she was a member of the Zeeland West Equestrian Team, through the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA). “I have always loved animals, especially horses, but I wasn’t sure how to make a career out of it.”
She credits her training in Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Careerline Tech Center in Holland, MI, as well as her involvement in both NTHS and FFA as the main key factors in what helped her choose her career path. “I was offered so many opportunities. It opened up a whole new world, and helped me figure out what I wanted to have a career in. Once I figured that out, I was able to have hands-on experience in my field that has helped pave the way for a seamless transition into my college career. Not a day goes by that I don’t use something I learned during my time there.” Now, not only is she a full time student, but she’s already putting her education in agriculture to work at Seven Eagles Farm, where she helps care for about 70 horses.
There is always a growing need for employees that have experience in their field. CTE allows students to get some of that hands-on experience that helps them get jobs after high school, or even college… Having these skills allows the student to have a better chance of success in both college and in the workforce.”
In 2018, Kyleigh was named as one of the recipients of the JHP Scholarship, and the funds she won helped pay tuition as she furthered her education. “The scholarship I received help me pursue my degree at Kirkwood. I was able to focus on school without the worry of having to pay for it. Moving from Michigan to Iowa was a difficult transition, and receiving this scholarship helped me in achieving my goal of graduating from Kirkwood free of student loans, which I can thankfully say I have achieved.”
Students like Kyleigh are the reason we do what we do, and we are so very proud to be a small part of her journey to success!
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the JHP Scholarship legacy as well! Click here to learn more about the scholarship program, and apply today!