Harper received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
Harper, whose father is a poultry farmer, will attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in agriculture. He graduated from Moorefield High School, where he completed two advanced placement classes, ranked 10th in his class of 97 and earned a weighted grade-point average of 4.12.
[private] Harper was a member of the Moorefield High National Honor Society for three years. He has been extremely active in his Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter and participated successfully in many agriculture competency contests at the state and regional level. He won the 2016 West Virginia State FFA Star Famer in Agricultural Placement Award, placed first in the 2013 West Virginia State FFA Quiz Bowl Contest, and was awarded the 2016 West Virginia State FFA Degree. He has won first place in numerous compact tractor driving contests throughout the region and state. Harper volunteered in the Tri-County Fair Grounds Clean-up Day, the Hardy County Farm Bureau Dinner, and has helped at his church on numerous occasions.
Farming is Harper’s dream lifestyle. He has helped his father on the farm all his life and wants to always farm. He plans to use his degree in agriculture education as a USDA Farm Service Agency County Supervisor. He also is interested in teaching agriculture. “Being the fifth generation to farm this same land brings . . . a feeling of satisfaction like no other,” he said.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of their belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of its associates live and work.