Kristen Davis, 18, of New Sharon, has been named one of four students nationwide to be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to further her education in organic agriculture, according to a news release from Horizon Organic in Broomfield, Colorado.

Davis won a 2016 Horizon Organic Producer Education program scholarship, which is awarded to deserving students who are children or grandchildren of Horizon Organic’s nearly 700 family farmers. In 2007, Horizon is the first national organic dairy brand to offer a scholarship program designed to build the next generation of organic leaders. Davis is a first-time recipient of the scholarship.

Davis grew up on Silver Valley Farm and is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School where she served as the president of the Franklin County 4-H Dairy Club and was selected 2015 Maine Dairy Princess. Her father, James Davis, and her uncle, Richard Davis, own and operate Silver Valley Farm together and they have shipped to Horizon Organic for nine years. Kristen plans to begin her freshman year this fall at Husson University in Bangor, where she plans to study mass media with a focus on marketing communications. She plans to use her degree to advocate for organic agriculture.