2024 Scholarship Recipients

Arkansas Women in Agriculture (AWIA) has named Amanda Fleming, Taya Henry and Taylor Hoover as 2024 scholarship recipients. Each received $1,000 for educational tuition expenses.

Fleming, from Fort Smith, has worked in the viticulture and wine industry for over a decade. She says her time working and studying in California and New Zealand furthered her desire to one day conduct research that would contribute to the viticulture and wine industry. Fleming moved to Arkansas in 2019 after accepting a position as head winemaker at Post Winery. She is now a second-year PhD student at the University of Arkansas, researching French American hybrid grapes and American varieties such as muscadines. Fleming hopes to work with industry programs to connect research, industry professionals, and growers to improve wine and grape quality while solving industry challenges.

Henry grew up in Farmington, and despite not growing up on a farm, her time in FFA, and the guidance of her FFA advisors ignited a passion for agriculture. She holds an associate’s degree in general agriculture and spent the last two years working on the Shasta College farm in Redding, California, where she learned about livestock and crop production. Henry is now pursuing an agricultural education degree from the University of Arkansas. In the future, she would like to be a full-time agricultural education teacher while also operating her own business, raising pigs to sell to students for showing.

Hoover, from Vilonia, also considers herself to have a nontraditional agriculture background. Her time in 4-H gave her a profound sense of community and led her to begin her own hobby farm and research various agriculture topics. Since then, she has mentored other young 4-H members in the show ring exhibiting market lambs. Hoover interned with Arkansas Farm Bureau in 2023 and said it furthered her professional interests in agriculture policy, marketing, and advocacy. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at Arkansas State University with a minor in agricultural business while simultaneously working towards an accelerated master’s degree. Hoover hopes to teach and mentor 4-H and FFA members while continuing to develop curriculum, research, and policy that benefits the agriculture industry.

“Each year, our applicants continue to prove why Arkansas’s number one industry is agriculture and how women continue to grow and shape the agricultural field,” said AWIA President Lindsey Holtzclaw. “Our annual silent auction helps make these scholarships possible, and we’re grateful to play a small part in supporting women in ag as they further their education.”

Arkansas Women in Agriculture, Inc. is a private non-profit whose primary goals are to provide educational programming and a network of support for women involved in agriculture. For more information about AWIA, visit arwomeninag.org.

Amanda Fleming
Amanda FlemingUniversity of Arkansas
Major: Food Science
Taya Henry
Taya HenryUniversity of Arkansas
Major: Agricultural Education
Taylor Hoover
Taylor HooverArkansas State University
Major: Agricultural Education

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