Agricultural economics students nominated for Truman Scholarships

Of the four Truman Scholars nominated by Kansas State University, two are from the agricultural economics department. Kassie Curran is a senior earning her degree in food science and industry along with a minor in agricultural economics. Hillary Breene is a junior majoring in agribusiness.

Curran has served as president and career fair coordinator for the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, vice president of community outreach for Collegiate Farm Bureau, beef promotions director for Collegiate Cattlewomen and state vice president for Kansas FFA Association. In addition, Curran is involved in Agriculture Future of America, Frontier Program, the College of Agriculture scholars program and Gamma Sigma Delta agriculture honorary. Her honors, scholarships and awards include: American Royal Scholar, Institute of Food Technologists Scholarship, National Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship and Quest freshmen honorary. She is a recipient of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Career Development Grant, which funds her undergraduate research project. If awarded the Truman Scholarship, Curran would like to pursue a graduate degree in agricultural and resource economics. A 2009 graduate of Girard High School, she is the daughter of Joseph and Kim Curran, of Farlington.

Breene is a member of Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority. She has served as recording secretary for Block and Bridle and is a member of Alpha Zeta honor society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Agriculture Future of America. Her honors, scholarships and awards include: National FFA American Degree, Transfer Honors Scholarship, Ted Heath Memorial Scholarship, Gladwin A. Read Memorial Scholarship and National Dairy Herd Improvement Agency Scholarship. If awarded the Truman Scholarship, Breene would like to study agricultural policy and economics. A 2010 graduate of Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School in West Greenwich, R.I., she is the daughter of Kevin and Erin Breene, of West Greenwich.

For more information about K-State’s nominees for Truman Scholarships, click here.

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