Couple creates agriculture education scholarship to honor mentor

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Bob '70, '72, '88 and Bunny '70, '81 Broeckelman have established an Agricultural Education Scholarship. (Photo: KSU Foundation)

Two men named Howard greatly influenced the life of Bob Broeckelman ’70, ’72, ’88. The first was Howard Wallace, the FFA teacher in Oakley, Kansas, where Broeckelman grew up. 

“He took a personal interest in me,” Broeckelman said. “I ended up being a state officer and highly involved in FFA. It totally changed my life.”

Then Broeckelman went to K-State and majored in agricultural education, largely because of the positive influence of Howard Wallace. This is when he met the second Howard — Howard Bradley, a professor of agricultural education. Bradley was more than a teacher to Broeckelman; he was a mentor and father figure. 

Because of the positive impact these two men had on his life, Broeckelman and his wife, Bunny ’70, ’81, were inspired to create the Dr. Bob and Bunny Broeckelman Agricultural Education Scholarship. This scholarship will support Kansas agricultural education students, who are also members of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, while they are doing their teaching internship semester.

“We like helping those who are firm in their commitment to be ag teachers,” Broeckelman said. “We’re supporting agricultural education because we believe in the education and leadership development FFA gives to kids.” 

Read more about how you can support the College of Agriculture at K-State. 
 

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