Success Story: Kaitlyn Boyer
A girl who grew up on the Iowa State Fair, now studying animal science.
Kaitlyn might know the Iowa State Fairgrounds as well as she knows her own backyard. She showed livestock there. She volunteered to serve food at the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters. She worked in the Varied Industries Building at a booth for her family’s business, selling beef sticks and cheese. Her county 4-H food and photography projects were selected to compete at the state fair, with one photo being selected in the top 20 for 2014’s fair.
With that track record, Kaitlyn was a natural choice for the Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship. A 2016 graduate of Clarke Community High School in Osceola, Kaitlyn is applying her scholarship toward animal science studies at Iowa State University.
“I’m from a farm family, and being solely responsible for my education, I was told to look out for scholarships and apply for any I possibly could,” Kaitlyn says. “I was really honored to receive this one. It will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with accumulating college debt.”
While many animal science majors go the pre-veterinary route, Kaitlyn is thinking about the beef industry or possibly teaching agricultural science. “So many jobs would be interesting,” she says. “I’m happy to be here at Iowa State, and I’m eager to get into some higher-level classes and see what my field is really about.”