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AgFirst intern receives Launching Leaders stipend

Alexis Mims is a junior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University majoring in mathematics with a concentration in electrical engineering, who recently completed a project management internship at AgFirst. She is a recipient of Farm Credit Council’s Launching Leaders Stipend, which awards Farm Credit interns who are students or recent graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with a $3,500 stipend.

As she embarks on a new school year freshly equipped with relevant skills from her time at AgFirst, Mims reflects on the internship experience and receiving the stipend.

“My internship at AgFirst was wonderful,” Mims said. “The environment was welcoming and I learned so much, such as creating business budgets to managing projects. The stipend affects me tremendously. It will be used toward buying books for courses and helping with my tuition.”

The Launching Leaders Stipend is part of Farm Credit’s commitment to the HBCU Partnership Challenge, a public pledge through which organizations commit to creating or deepening relationships with HBCUs with a goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce from these institutions. The program is now in its second year and Mims is the fifth AgFirst intern to receive the stipend.

AgFirst knows diversity creates a stronger workforce and that HBCUs play a critical role in creating the business leaders of the future. With our participation in the challenge, we continue to invest in more opportunities to develop the next generation of leaders.

“I’d like to thank AgFirst for such an amazing opportunity and experience,” Mims said.

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Alexis Mims