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Keith Scholarship Recipients

Author: Alpha Zeta/Tuesday, June 1, 2010/Categories: National Office News

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Alpha Zeta recently honored two Montana members with the Keith Scholarship.  The two $6,000 scholarships are awarded annually, one to an undergraduate and one to a Pre-Vet or Vet student.  This year's scholarship recipients were Tim Gibbs and Nikki Bailey.


Tim Gibbs (Montana, ‘08)

Tim was born in Miles City, Montana and raised on his family ranch with his parenst and three brothers. Growing up, Tim stayed busy with school, 4-H, sports, and helping out at home. He graduated valedictorian from Garfield County District High School in 2005 where he was involved in many extracurricular activities.

Tim spent the next two years attending Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana during the school year and fighting fire during the summer. When he decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine he transferred to Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating with a degree in Biotechnology - Animal Systems in May 2009.

Tim now attends the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is in his first year of the program. Tim’s veterinary interests include beef cattle and reproduction.

Upon graduation, Tim hopes to return to Montana and give back to the agricultural community. He would like to help fill the need for veterinarians in rural America and run a veterinary practice that focuses on large animals.

Nikki Bailey (Montana, ‘09)

Nikki is a senior at Montana State University, double majoring in Agriculture Education – Relations Option and Animal Science – Equine Option.

Nikki grew up on a piece of land that her family has farmed and ranched for four generations in the heart of the Golden Triangle near Fort Benton, Montana.Growing up working in the fields and feeding cows she gained many valuable experiences and a passion for the agricultural way of life.

After graduation, Nikki aspires to become an Extension Agent in Montana.Nikki has chosen to double major in hopes that this will allow her to communicate with and assist not only traditional producers that are the backbone of agriculture but also the newer, small-acre horse owners that are becoming more and more present in Montana.

Nikki is involved in many clubs and organizations at MSU including, Alpha Zeta, Ag Ambassadors, Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers, and Ag Student Council.Through her passion for agriculture and knowledge and experiences that she has gained at MSU, Nikki hopes to educate people both in and outside agriculture.


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