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Rachel Scott named 2020 Outstanding Senior

Rachel Scott named 2020 Outstanding Senior by the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Rachel Scott named 2020 Outstanding Senior

Rachel Scott

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Rachel Scott, animal science major, was named the 2020 Outstanding Senior by the department. This honor is presented to one animal science or food science student each year. In addition, Rachel also received a 2020 Leadership Award.

Rachel Scott was born May 29th, 1998, and is the daughter of Amy and Steve Scott of Georgetown, Texas. Her involvement in agriculture started later than most, as she was not born into a family with agricultural ties. She found her interest in the horse industry at the age of eleven when she began judging and showing horses through her local 4–H club.

Rachel eventually became President of both her 4–H club and her school’s FFA chapter and won an individual world judging title with her 4-H team. These experiences encouraged her to pursue an agricultural degree. She decided to attend Oklahoma State University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in animal science.

While in the undergraduate animal science program, Rachel performed research through the honors college degree program. She has researched the relationship between equine follicular diameter and ovulation time in order to optimize cooled semen shipping. Her thesis will be published this spring.

Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Rachel has explored different careers within the animal science industry. She was a feed sales intern for Purina, Land O’ Lakes in Waxahachie, Texas, and a Charles and Linda Cline Equine Intern here at OSU’s Equine Farm.

While at OSU, Rachel was a member of the Leaders of Excellence in Animal and Food Science, Pre-Vet Club, Alpha Zeta Honor Fraternity, numerous community service projects and the Regional Animal Science Quadrathlon Team.  She was chosen to be a member of the Class VI McKnight Leaders Scholarship Program where she studied leadership methods and applied them to her life. Additionally, being a member of the McKnight Program allowed her to study abroad in Greece and Italy.

Rachel is currently the president of the Block and Bridle Club and was a member of the 2018 Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team. She was named an Academic All-American and was sixth high individual at the APHA World and AQHA Congress competitions and overall high individual at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show. Her team were overall champions at both the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Shows. She now serves as the coach of the 2020 horse judging team.

In addition, she has been chosen as an OSU Senior of Significance, Ferguson College of Agriculture Senior of Distinction and OSU Outstanding Senior.

Being a part of the OSU Department of Animal and Food Science has helped Rachel realize how great an impact collegiate faculty and staff have on their students. Because of this impact, she plans to give back to the industry that has given her so much.

Upon graduation in May, Rachel will be continuing her education here at Oklahoma State University. She is excited to pursue a Master’s degree in animal science with the goal of continuing on to earn a doctorate in equine science. With these degrees, she plans to become a professor of animal sciences.

2020 Outstanding Senior Rachel Scott

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