By: Mollie Lastovica
Distinguished as the best in North America by the top livestock show supply company, two students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications were recognized as recipients of the 2013 Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Scholarship.
With over 1,121 applicants from 45 states and Canada, Stephanie Lastovica, sophomore agricultural leadership and development major and Bethany Nolan, junior agricultural communications and journalism major, were among the 20 recipients of the $1,000 Sullivan Supply scholarships.
Both girls grew up exhibiting livestock on a state and national level and have used Sullivan Supply products along their road to success in the livestock industry.
Nolan’s family raises Hereford cattle in Gilmer, Texas and she served as National Hereford Queen from 2010-2011. At Texas A&M, she is involved in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Saddle and Sirloin. She appreciates the scholarship and reflects upon the family-like camaraderie of the livestock industry.
“The Sullivan Show Supply Scholarship is a great way to show how Sullivan’s supports and gives back to kids in the livestock industry,” Nolan said. “The livestock industry is like a big family, so this scholarship truly hits home with me and makes me realize how much love and support that there is.”
Lastovica is a third generation Angus breeder from Salado, Texas who has been actively involved in the Texas Junior Angus Association and National Junior Angus Association. During her first year at Texas A&M, she became an active member of Saddle and Sirloin and Freshman Leadership Experience. She is thankful for the scholarship as it allows her to pursue her dreams of attending Texas A&M.
“I am very appreciative to Sullivan Show Supply for being such an important part of my career as a livestock exhibitor and am so honored to be a recipient of this scholarship,” Lastovica said. “This award will assist my studies at Texas A&M University as I pursue a degree in agricultural leadership and development to become the next generation to represent agriculture.”
Over the past four years, Sullivan Supply and participating sponsors have given over $100,000 in scholarships to youth involved in the livestock industry.
“With the quality of applications that we receive each year for this distinguished scholarship, it gives us great confidence and faith in the future of the livestock industry,” said John, Dede and Dan Sullivan, owners of Sullivan Supply, on their website.