J.D. Rowell Scholarship Recipient at Home and Abroad
Students attending the University of Idaho – future leaders in their respective careers – are taught to be critical thinkers, passionate advocates for their fields of study, and often, are junior members of the exciting research and discovery, led by the top-notch faculty who train them. Take for instance J.D. Rowell Scholarship recipient and senior agribusiness major Jack Hermann; raised on his family’s Genesee, Idaho farm, and through his study with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, now sees the Ag industry in a much broader, global context.
“The most fascinating part of agriculture is how quickly it is evolving,” he said. “As a world we are becoming more concerned with sustainability and more environmentally conscience, both of which have helped steer agriculture in a new and cleaner direction. I would love to help develop that aspect of farming even faster.”
When Hermann received the opportunity to study abroad in Alicante, Spain, he knew it would only further develop his ability to connect with others and influence his career path.
“Without my scholarship, and the many alike, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to get the great experience I had studying abroad,” Hermann said. “I was able to make connections with possible future employers, learn Spanish and immerse myself in another culture.”
After graduation, Hermann plans on working for a year or two on the farm before traveling back to Spain. He plans on spending three to five years working and traveling abroad before returning home to Idaho to apply his skills and carry on the family legacy by leading the operations of the family business.
By Joshua Nishimoto, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Advancement