Kristi-Warren Scott, a graduate student in the FACS department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, has been awarded a $10,000 Farm Credit Bank of Texas Academy of Honor scholarship in honor of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. Sen. Chambliss was the 2014 inductee into the Academy of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have made valuable and significant contributions to agricultural credit.
Scott, a Chicago native, is studying the impact of food deserts on HUD clientele, and during her academic career at UGA she has picked up several honors and awards. Her career goal is to conduct research at the federal level which informs policy which affects access to quality food. She has worked in food service supply chain, food commodities, and value added food products.
Scott is also working with the Griffin (Ga.) Housing Authority on the Personal and Household Social Mobility program where public housing residents receive financial coaching and are evaluated based on any personal or social changes that have occurred after being coached.
Scott has earned many honors and awards including being selected as the Outstanding Campus Leader for UGA's chapter of the NAACP at the 4th Annual Image Awards.
The Farm Credit Academy of Honor was created in 1968 and, to date, 56 people have been inducted into this prestigious group by the bank's board of directors. A scholarship bearing the inductee's name is awarded through a college or university of the inductee's choice to a student specializing in agriculture, finance or related studies.
A tenured legislator, Sen. Chambliss was first elected to the House of Representatives to represent Georgia's 8th District in 1994. After four terms in the House, in which he was instrumental in drafting two farm bills and reforming federal crop insurance, he was elected to the United States Senate in 2002. Sen. Chambliss served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and was ranking member of the Agriculture Committee during two Congresses.
"As a politician, Sen. Chambliss has demonstrated deep concern for American farmers and ranchers through his tireless work on their behalf," said Jimmy Dodson, Fann Credit Bank of Texas board chainnan. "The Fann Credit System has been fortunate to have had such a dedicated individual looking out for our customers and shaping our agricultural policy."
Fann Credit Bank of Texas is a wholesale bank that provides funding to 15 rural financing cooperatives in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas.
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