Lincoln Land Community College agriculture major Edra “Emmi” Fisher of Springfield is among 20 students nationally awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the 2017-18 National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program. This is the third time she has won a scholarship from the organization, designed to assist students in pursuing studies in agriculture.
Emmi, originally from Havana, Ill., is passionate about organic farming. She has worked on farms through Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in various parts of the country during the past two summers, bringing back information and ideas to the LLCC garden while helping to grow a wide variety of vegetables for the college culinary programs and campus farm stand.
She has written LLCC’s “Epicuriosity 101” weekly culinary column in the State Journal-Register three times, covering topics such as healthy eating, her organic farming experience and fair trade coffee. She has been active on campus in student government and a number of clubs and organizations, was a point guard on the LLCC women’s basketball team and was named LLCC’s homecoming queen. She plans to complete her studies at LLCC this December and then transfer to a four-year university.
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, and the National Black Farmers Association are sponsors of the scholarships, which help defray the cost of college tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives.
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African-American farmers and their families in the U.S. The association’s education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.
The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being and directs its resources toward youth development, education, military/veterans and service.