By Kelly Schwalbe, Sage Communications, LLC.
Applications for the $2,500 annual Andy Markwart Horizon Award are now open. AAEA members 35 years of age and younger have until the end of day on Friday, June 1, to submit their applications, which can be found on the AAEA Ag Communicators Network website.
The Andy Markwart Horizon Award winner must meet the following criteria and provide the following application materials.
- Open to any AAEA member age 35 and younger.
- References. Two professional references (one from current employer).
- Essay: 500 words or fewer that describe your interest in receiving the stipend and why you believe you are deserving, your professional goals, your past/current AAEA involvement, etc.
The award winner receives a $2,500 stipend, which can be used to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) annual Congress, the Agricultural Media Summit or other professional development class, seminar or workshop.
Andy was editor of the John Deere Furrow and Homestead magazines when he passed in 2006. To honor him and his many years of contributions to AAEA and the profession, John Deere established the Andy Markwart Horizon Award so that his legacy would continue for the benefit young AAEA members for years to come.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of three PIF trustees, based on the award criteria. The winner will be announced during the awards banquet at Ag Media Summit.
Applications may be submitted by email (preferred) or mail to:
1525 Locust Street
Kansas City, MO 64018
For more information, call Kelly at 816-474-3166 or Samantha Kilgore at 706-407-2550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about past award winners, see our two-part feature: