Ancilla College near Donaldson is launching an animal science degree, teaching animal biology, nutrition, growth and behavior. The school has also announced new scholarships for students in the Future Farmers of America who want to major in animal or crop science.
The animal science degree will focus on cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and horses. Agriculture Program Director Tim McLochlin says the program is a natural next step from its crop science degree, which puts a spotlight on products including corn and soybeans. "And while those crops are extremely important to Indiana," McLochlin says, "the state produces so much more, and Ancilla is located right in the center of everything."
The scholarship pays $1,000 toward Ancilla tuition and is renewable every year the student attends the school. The school also offers the Ancilla FFA Leadership Award, which is awarded to three students for $2,000, $1,000 or $500.
The school also announced a team of students from Ancilla placed fourth in the Agribusiness Contest at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture educational conference in Kansas. McLochlin says it was an important opportunity to be engaged and involved with other ag students from throughout the United States.