Kyla Harris receives 2018 Mr. James E. Tatum Scholarship

Since childhood, Kyla Harris has been passionate about agriculture. Growing up in Canton, Mississippi, she found joy in growing vegetables, discerning different types of trees, and observing land types.

An agriculture economics major, Kyla is making use of every opportunity presented to her. She was named the 2018 Mr. James E. Tatum Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is a $1,000 award provided by the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees. The organization provides college scholarships to deserving students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences or related fields.

“My aspiration is to broaden my education in order to have a successful career,” said Kyla. “I have always enjoyed the aspect of farming and growing. I like to know where my food comes from.”

Kyla learned about this scholarship through Michael Trusclair, USDA 1890 Program Liaison. Trusclair frequently provides students in the School of Agriculture with scholarship and internship opportunities.

Kyla feels confident that her time spent at Alcorn will prepare her for a bright future. Although it is her first year at the University, she took dual enrollment credit hours in high school, qualifying her as a sophomore.

“Alcorn has always had a special place in my heart,” she said. “In order for me to achieve my goals, I know that this was the best college for me to attend.”

Her future plans involve becoming a soil conservationist and finding ways to better assist farmers, ranchers, and other interested groups in developing a resource management system conservation plan. She encourages other students to constantly check their emails for scholarship opportunities and to take advantage of them.