Catherine Seeds, a senior at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Animal Science 2015), is the recipient of the Ernest C. Bell Scholarship for 2015 that was presented at the Annual Breeders Awards luncheon, which was hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on January 25. Carey Williams, associate director for outreach at the Rutgers Equine Science Center and professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, presented the award to Seeds for her outstanding scholarship and commitment to the New Jersey horse industry.
Seeds, a G.H. Cook Honors student in the lab of Prof. Williams, has been deeply involved in the Animal Science program at SEBS.
“Catherine (Kit) Seeds is a very motivated student who is dedicated to her school performance and the Rutgers farm,” said Williams. “I first met her as a worker in the Dairy unit and she is now my G.H. Cook Honors student working with the Horse Rotational Grazing project and a Senior Supervisor in the Dairy Unit.”
“She is well deserving of this scholarship and I know she will make an outstanding veterinarian,” added Williams.
The Ernest C. Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to perpetuate Bell’s memory and legacy in the New Jersey horse industry. Bell was also a founding member of the Equine Advisory Board. The scholarship is awarded to a senior at SEBS who is majoring in Animal Science, with an emphasis in Equine Science. The recipient must also be a New Jersey resident and demonstrate a high level of scholastic achievement, involvement with New Jersey’s horse industry and financial need.
The Breeders Awards event also honored Lord Nelson, a former Rutgers University Police Horse, with its inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award; Jacque and Cyndee Rozel, recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Horse Persons of the Year; Horse Breeder of the Year Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, New Jersey; and Equestrian of the Year Kirsten Jeansson.
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