Tuskegee University’s Charlye Colley was selected to serve as an Agriculture Future of America (AFA) organizational Ambassador. She was recently selected out of 40 college students from 29 states to represent AFA on their respective campuses to promote AFA opportunities, organize campus meetings and interact with industry professionals at various events on behalf of AFA.
Colley is a Junior Agribusiness major from Lanett, AL. She is the only child of Bonnie Colley and the late Tod Colley, who died 10 years ago.
She expressed her excitement of representing Tuskegee University and AFA for this year-long appointment and how she intends to make the best of this opportunity. For Colley’s effort of being an Ambassador, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship alongside professional training in goal setting, time management and respect and inclusivity. She and the other ambassadors walk away from the experience with tangible sales and marketing experience. “I came to TU because I felt better at small scale schools,” said Colley. “I went to a small high school and I felt that I would have a better relationship with my professors. I have felt more cared for here at TU.” She attended two junior colleges before starting Tuskegee, but feels blessed at Tuskegee and calls it home.
The AFA Ambassador works to heighten awareness of AFA programs among their peers and establish creative strategies to increase student involvement from students on their campuses. These opportunities include AFA Leaders Conference, AFA Leader Institutes and AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships. Ambassadors are also integral in demonstrating AFA’s impact to corporate partners to support the continuation and acquisition of partnerships. “Ambassadors are vital in driving awareness of AFA’s premier leader and career development experiences among highly motivated young professionals studying food, agriculture and natural resources,” says Kelly Boswell, AFA Senior Marketing Manager. “Mobilizing students as advocates for AFA ensures we are continuously reaching new students and diversifying student participation to be representative of nation-wide enrollment in agriculture programs.” Colley has a very busy and active life. She just got married, Oct. 22, 2022, to Jared Roberts. Besides being a full time student, with work study and other school involved activities, she works at the KIA plant in health and human resources. And she has a 3.77 GPA and is in the Agriculture Honor Society, National Leadership Society and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
Colley wanted to give a little insight of her and her life. She has been participating in rodeos as a barrel racer for 20 years, she started at age 4 and had to stop for a while because of a broken ankle. She entered in her first race the night before her wedding last year and looking to get back into the circuit.