Funds raised through the Animal and Food Sciences Reunion Silent Auction support the Animal and Food Sciences Alumni Scholarship.

AFS Alumni Scholarship Recipients

  • 2022 - Tyler Purvis
  • 2021 - Sierra Tichnell


Tyler Ferguson - 2022 Scholarship Awards Recipient

Tyler Purvis,
2022 Alumni Scholarship recipient

This year, the AFS Alumni scholarship was awarded to Tyler Purvis, a senior majoring in Animal Sciences from East Bernstadt, Kentucky.  At a young age Tyler became fascinated with cattle.  One of Tyler's earliest memories was helping his grandfather feed bottle calves before going to kindergarten for the day.  Tyler's enthusiasm fore animal agriculture grew throughout his high school career and his involvement in FFA.  While a student at the University of Kentucky, Tyler has been involved in the Block and Bridle Club and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.  Upon graduation in May 2023 Tyler plans on attending graduate school focusing on animal reproduction.  Eventually Tyler would like to own a cattle operation running both a commercial and a purebred herd.



Sierra Trichnell,
2021 Alumni Scholarship recipient

In 2021, the scholarship was awarded to Sierra Tichnell, a senior majoring in Animal Sciences. Sierra’s enthusiasm for animal agricultural started at young age as she was a member of the Maple Mountain 4-H club, showing sheep in her home state of Maryland. Since arriving at the University of Kentucky in 2019 Sierra has been involved in many clubs associated with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. This academic year Sierra is serving as President of Ag Student Council, President of the Pre-Vet Club and Vice President of the Block and Bridle Club. She will graduate from the University of Kentucky in May 2022 and plans on attending veterinary school to pursue a career as a large animal vet.