Area student earns Farm Show scholarship
Special to the TIMES NEWS Luke Graver, fifth from left, of Franklin Township, was the recipient of a $3,500 scholarship from the Pa. Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. Others in photo are, from left, Bill McCauley of the Scholarship Foundation; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Graver's parents, Paul Graver and Diane Miller-Graver; Agriculture Secretary George Greig; and U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation presented 25 students with $3,500 scholarships, marking the one millionth dollar in 20 years, on Tuesday at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Among the recipients was Luke Graver of Franklin Township, who is a student at Penn State University.
"Each year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show celebrates the best of agriculture and the scholarship winners are the best," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "I thank the scholarship foundation, its members, contributors and livestock buyers for their hard work, because they are making a difference in the lives of these students."
Graver is the son of Paul and Diane Miller-Graver. He is the brother of Christiania who received the award in 2005.
A longtime member of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock club, Graver has raised and shown market hogs, market lambs, steers and breeding beef. He also serves on his county's 4-H Development Committee board.
Graver is a member of the National Junior Swine Association and National Junior Angus, Shorthorn and Red Angus associations. He has exhibited his animals at local fairs, the Pennsylvania Farm Show and KILE. He also helps at his grandparents' farm and country store.
He is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Big Creek Grange.
Graver is studying agribusiness management and education at Penn State.
The foundation has awarded more than $1 million to 394 junior Farm Show exhibitors since the program began in 1993. In addition, Delaware Valley College provides matching grants to its recipients, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers $2,000 to its full-time students.