Abbey Brake, daughter of Steven and Nancy Brake of Pinetops, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Brake will attend N.C. State University at Raleigh to pursue a degree in animal sciences. She graduated third in her class from Edgecombe Early College High with a grade-point average of 4.39.

She has worked with animals for several years. She volunteered at Tender Mercies Pet Organization several hours a week for two years and worked as an unpaid intern at Hicks Animal Clinic.

Brake also has volunteered in other community service areas, including working at homeless shelters, roadside cleanup, coaching cheerleading and as a camp counselor with Girl Scouts of America.

In 10 years, she aspires to be a veterinarian.

“Animal care is my passion and my goal in life is to help others through ensuring that their animals are taken care of, regardless if that is commercial animals on a farm or someone’s dogs and cats,” she said. “If I decide to pursue a career with companion animals, I would like to hold vaccination or spay and neuter days for the less fortunate people in my community. I believe that every animal should have these health needs met and understand that times can be difficult.

“However, these pets shouldn’t go without during these times and I have seen how these types of programs have helped in my community.”