David Hardesty Jr. wins essay scholarship contest

The Farm Bureau of Virginia has announced that David Meade Hardesty Jr. of Clarke County will receive $1,000 for his winning entry in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation 2013 Rural Health Essay Scholarship Contest.

The contest was sponsored by the VFBF Rural Health Advisory Committee and funded by the Farm Bureau Health Care Consultants Department to help benefit young members’ career interests in rural health care. High school and college students from Farm Bureau member families submitted essays on “My Future Career in Rural Health in Virginia.”

Hardesty attends Clarke County High School and is the son of David and Debra Hardesty of Berryville.

Hardesty lives on a dairy farm and wants to become a large animal veterinarian.

Baily Leonard of Carroll County also will receive $1,000 for her winning entry in the essay contest. She attends Shenandoah University.

Second place winners Sarah Waddle of Tazewell County and Patricia Shorter of Gloucester County will receive $500 scholarships.

With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.