Allison Rogers, a pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences major and wildlife conservation minor from Scarborough, Maine, has been named a Plastino Scholar.
With the Plastino Scholarship, Rogers will travel across the country–from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh to Rhode Island–spreading awareness about the world parrot crisis, an issue involving the smuggling, overcrowding and neglect of the exotic birds.
Rogers said that being named a Plastino Scholar is “very surreal; it’s hard to grasp the magnitude of an award like the Plastino Scholarship. The students I have met who have received this award are such amazing individuals, and though I’m a scholar just like them, I feel so humbled when I talk with them.”
Working with birds is nothing new for Rogers. She has raised ducks and chickens since the age of eight, and in addition to all that she learned during her time at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), she pursued various internships to gain even more hands on experience with birds.
When Rogers found out about the award, she said that she was “over the moon. I literally teared up. When you have worked so hard towards a goal such as this scholarship, to have someone say ‘We believe in you, you should pursue this dream, and we will help you’ is the most incredible feeling. It’s indescribable.”
Rogers said that she hopes other CANR students will apply for the award in the future. “I really believe that some of the brightest and best minds are in CANR. The students in CANR are really out there trying to improve our world and the environment, and I think this scholarship could be a stepping stone for those talented and creative students.”
To follow Rogers as she travels across the country, visit her blog, which she will be updating throughout the summer.