This website is best viewed in a browser that supports web standards.

Skip to content or, if you would rather, Skip to navigation.

Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

Abigail Kirk, a freshman agricultural education major at Northwest, is a recipient of the Martin Marietta Scholarship and hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher.

Abigail Kirk, a freshman agricultural education major at Northwest, is a recipient of the Martin Marietta Scholarship and hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University.)

    Nov. 22, 2016

    Kirk learning skills with help of Martin Marietta Scholarship

    By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

    Northwest Missouri State University is helping Abigail Kirk learn the key components to becoming a successful agriculture teacher and citizen.

    “I believe that Northwest is changing me in a sense that everyone truly cares about everyone else here,” Kirk, a freshman agricultural education major from Harrisonville, Missouri, said. “That factor alone has really opened my eyes and makes me want to strive to be that same way.”

    Inspired by her high school agriculture teachers, Kirk plans to become a high school agriculture teacher and a Future Farmers of America advisor after she graduates from Northwest.

    Kirk said she chose Northwest after touring the campus because it felt like home. She is involved in Collegiate Future Farmers of America, Block and Bridle, and College Farm Bureau.

    She was one of six students in the nation to be awarded the Martin Marietta Scholarship upon her arrival at Northwest. Candidates are selected based on excellence in academia, extracurricular activities and community service. She will receive a $3,500 award annually for up to four years.

    Kirk graduated in the top 15 percent of her class in high school. She participated in marching band, track, Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H, Drama and a freshman mentoring program.

    “When I started FFA and saw how dedicated my advisors were, my mind was made up,” she said. “They never fail to see the good in their students. I want to follow their example.”


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468