Young Entrepreneur Wins Top NYS Scholarship
Posted on March 21, 2012
MTC student wins first place NYS Farm Bureau scholarship.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES student Justin Bakewicz is the top scholarship recipient in the New York State Farm Bureau competition. He is receiving $1,500 towards his career goals, which include attending SUNY Cobleskill where he will major in Agricultural Equipment Technology.
Justin is following in his father and three uncles’ footsteps by planning to stay connected to the family’s several farms out east, which grow apples, potatoes, and pumpkins. Aware there is no mechanic on Long Island to service tractors and other farming implements, he plans to start a mobile equipment business. “My family has always had to bring in out-of-state repairmen, which is quite costly,” he explained. For the essay portion of the scholarship application he chose “How to Help Agriculture on Long Island.” This is the second consecutive year that a Long Islander has won the first place scholarship.
Currently in Chris Servedio’s Welding/Metal Fabrication class at Edward J. Milliken Technical Center (MTC), Justin has won additional scholarships from Suffolk County and as an outstanding lacrosse player in his home district of Rocky Point UFSD. Additionally, Justin has his own landscape, maintenance, and snow removal company, and offers local hunting guidance.
This summer he will be working full-time on East End farms while continuing his landscape business.
Justin Bakewicz is currently in the Welding/Metal Fabrication course at MTC.