Deadline for annual Dickinson Scholars Program is Oct. 15

The Dickinson Scholars Program offers College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources undergraduate students a chance to learn and engage in the agribusiness world of the Kansas City area.

Last year, 22 students from the University of Missouri were hosted by one of the following businesses: Cargill, Farmland Foods, Bartlett & Company and John Deere. They also toured businesses like Dairy Farmers of America and the American Royal.

“Seeing the diversity and different opportunities that this program offers is really an amazing experience,” said Kaitlin Flick, who participated in the Dickinson Scholars program last year.

In addition to touring businesses and meeting leaders in the agriculture world, the selected students also met with CAFNR alumni.

“It made me really aware of a lot of scholarships and intern opportunities that I did not know of before,” Flick said. “I also had the opportunity of meeting with some of the greatest business leaders in Kansas City.”

Touring these businesses and receiving an insight on the everyday life of a person in the agribusiness industry is only the beginning of what this program offers.

“I hope they walk away with lots and lots of ideas of what it means to be a professional,” said Stephanie Chipman, one of the directors of the program.

“This is what is happening in agriculture today. These are the mega trends,” Chipman said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for these students to learn about the work setting and everyday job aspect of a wide variety of the different agribusinesses in Kansas City. They really learn what becoming a professional is.”

In January of 2014, a new group of Dickinson scholars will head to Kansas City to meet with and learn from different businesses. John Deere and Farmland Foods are just two examples of businesses they will be attending.

If you are interested in this experience, application deadlines are due to the Career Services office no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2013. For more information on the Dickinson Scholars Program, visit


Allison Wepler

About the Author Allison Wepler

Allison Wepler is from Liberty, Mo., which is north of Kansas City. She is very excited about the possibilities agriculture and Mizzou have to offer her. Attending Mizzou runs in the family for Wepler. Her father played football for the Mizzou Tigers when he was a college student. In high school, Wepler was active in FCCLA, Broadcasting, Student Council, dance and cheer. Wepler does not have an agricultural background, so being a student in CAFNR has opened up a huge amount of opportunities for succeeding in the adult world and finding a satisfying career in agriculture. She decided to major in science and agricultural journalism because she wanted to be a part of the business or journalism world. “It is an important thing that we are going to need in the world for a long time,” Wepler said concerning her choice to focus on agriculture within the journalism world.