Mary Logan Scholarship

marylogan03In 1999, AFDOSS established the Mary Logan Scholarship in honor of one of our great members who served as Secretary/Treasurer for our regional affiliate for 30 years.  Mrs. Logan, who is now retired, worked 39 years with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  This award, if given, will be announced at the AFDOSS Awards Banquet during the AFDOSS Annual Educational Conference.

The scholarship in the amount of $4,500 is designed to be awarded to top students having demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety. These student candidates should have demonstrated leadership capabilities and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The criteria for this award reflects the love and dedication that Mary Logan has for AFDOSS and for every person that belongs to AFDOSS or supports its goals and objectives. This award stands not only as a tribute to Mary Logan, but as a reminder that AFDOSS must always support and encourage the training and development of people. It is a symbol that the role of AFDOSS will not only live on, but that its role will expand and grow.

Criteria for Selection of Award Recipient

The following criteria will be used by the selection committee to select the award recipient.  The applicant must:

  1. Be a full time student or accepted as a full time student planning to attend a college/university located in one of the AFDOSS states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the territory of Puerto Rico) the next semester pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or a part time student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college/university located in one of the AFDOSS states (Alabama, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the territory of Puerto Rico)
  2. Have a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety.
  3. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership capabilities and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  4. Submit the completed application, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a copy of your most recent transcripts to Cameron Smoak 1071 Brooks Rd Madison, GA 30650 or Csmoak@afdo.org
  5. Deadline to apply is on or before March 1 (annually), with scholarships to be awarded in time for the upcoming year’s fall semester.

To help rank the applicants, points will be given in the following areas:

Level of academic achievement and scholastic awards

Financial need

Extracurricular activities and community service work

Narrative justification

Applicants who have not previously received the Mary Logan Scholarship

To apply for the Mary Logan Scholarship, please download our scholarship application here.

Meet our Current Scholarship Awardee:

This year’s scholarship awardee is Emily Branum, a senior at East Tennessee State University. Branum is receiving $4,500 from the 2017-2018 Mary Logan Scholarship Fund to use toward her studies as she completes her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health. Described by professors at her school as a “rising star,” Branum is a productive and motivated student who plans to attend graduate school after her undergraduate studies.

“I knew I wanted to choose a major to further improve human and ecological health. Fortunately, I found my current major, Environmental Health, and have remained immensely interested in all of its aspects,” she wrote in her application. “I enjoy learning about and researching diseases and their causative agents. I hope to apply this valuable knowledge to the real world in ways that may include food inspection, or reviewing and evaluating product safety.”

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