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Two Missouri Valley College juniors, Lorin H. Blackburn and Twyla M. Reid, were recently awarded special scholarships.

Lorin Blackburn

Lorin Blackburn

Lorin H. Blackburn of  La Monte, Mo., was awarded the $1,000 Virginia Kugel-Zank Arts and Humanities Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Blackburn is an English major, seeking Secondary Education Certification.

A member of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and Blackburn will be editor of the local organization’s literature and arts journal, “The Purple Patch.” Blackburn is also a member of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA).

Recipients of the Virginia Kugel-Zank Arts and Humanities Scholarship must have a grade point average between 3.3 and a 4.0. This year, entrants wrote an essay on the following topic: How has your education at Missouri Valley College broadened and deepened your understanding of your life?

The Virginia Kugel-Zank Arts and Humanities Scholarship honors Missouri Valley College associate professor of English, Virginia Zank. Currently, she serves the college as education consultant.

Her distinguished secondary and college teaching career, from 1963 until 2008, included serving Marshall Public Schools as Language Arts Department Chair and Missouri Valley College’s Composition Director and Learning Center Director. Her college peers with the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching, and she was honored with the Missouri Governor’s Award For Teaching Excellence, both in 1999. 

The other scholarship recipient, Twyla M. Reid of Albion, Ill., was awarded the $1,000 Trent Loos Academic Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Reid is a Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine major.

Twyla Reid

Twyla Reid

Recipients of the Trent Loos Academic Rodeo Scholarship must have a grade point average between 3.3 and a 4.0. This year, entrants wrote an essay on the following topic: How has your education at Missouri Valley College broadened and deepened your understanding of your life?

Trent Loos, a sixth generation farmer, has been called “America’s greatest agricultural advocate.” In 2003 Loos founded Faces of Agriculture, a nationwide grass-roots organization designed to promote agriculture. In 2001 Loos began hosting “Loos Tales,” an agricultural talk show. Today “Loos Tales” reaches four million listeners on over 100 different radio stations daily.

Trent Loos educates America’s youth and adults on the importance of agriculture. A great motivational speaker and role model, he espouses family and Christian values.

Embodying America’s agriculture heritage, the MVC Rodeo Team was only the fourth college or university in the nation to recognize rodeo as a sport. The team was formed with the purpose of fielding an intercollegiate rodeo team and promoting the college’s agri-business program. The team competes in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

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