On Saturday, July 18 Warner University’s Agricultural Studies student, Tyler Robarts, was honored with a large scholarship at “Party for a Purpose” in Babson Park. This event was held in honor of Gene and Lovina Turner and supported a cause special to their hearts. Mr. Gene Turner worked many years in the citrus industry in Polk County which inspired his family to give back to Polk’s newest Ag program at Warner University.
Tyler is the son of Frank and Leslie Robarts of Frostproof where he was raised working in the cattle and citrus industry. He came to Warner in the spring of 2014 pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Agricultural Studies. During the Party of a Purpose, Tyler was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to help him accomplish his goal of earning his degree.
Warner University’s Assistant Vice President of Advancement Leigh Ann Wynn spoke about Tyler’s accomplishments at Warner and how he strives to work hard within the Ag industry. “Tyler’s work ethic is evident when you ask him what he likes to do,” says Wynn. “He quickly responds by listing off the type of work he’s done since before he could drive, including selling chickens as a small child.”
Surrounded by family and friends, Tyler showed his appreciation to Mrs. Turner on Saturday evening. The event was orchestrated by Ms. Cindy Turner, daughter of Gene and Lovina, to honor her parent’s history of supporting education in Polk County. Approximately 115 guests enjoyed the music, silent auction and food.
Another scholarship was given to a nursing student at Polk State College in honor of Lovina Turner’s lifelong career as a nurse.