CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — On behalf of thousands of local farmer members, the employees of Ceres Solutions Cooperative have the pleasure of announcing the 10 recipients of the cooperatives Scholarship Award to High School Seniors. Most awards are being presented at school achievement programs, and presenting has been a great way for co-op staff to celebrate the students and families who will put the funds to good use in the coming school year.
“We are pleased to support these rising future leaders of our industry through this scholarship program,” said Jeff Troike, CEO of Ceres Solutions. Troike, pictured here with recent recipient and Fountain Central High School senior Hattie Duncan and her extended family, went on to say, “As a Cooperative, it is one of our core commitments to give back to each local communities in which we serve. It is important for us to continue to invest in local youth.”
Selection criteria emphasizes involvement in agricultural youth groups such as 4-H and FFA. Students must be children or grandchildren of current cooperative members or employees of the cooperative to apply for the high school scholarships. It is estimated that the co-op and its predecessor co-ops have invested more than $175,000 in scholarships in local students.
The 2018 Ceres Solutions Scholarship recipients are:
William Carey of Vincennes, Ind. — William is the son of Anthony and Nicole Carey and plans to attend Vincennes University and pursue an Agribusiness degree.
Hattie Duncan of Wingate, Ind. — Hattie is the daughter of David and Jill Duncan and plans to pursue an Animal Science degree at the University of Illinois this fall.
Connor Hanaway of Peru, Ind. — Connor is the son of Michael and Tricia Hanaway and will attend Purdue University as an Ag Business major.
Clay Kretzmeier of Fowler, Ind. — Clay is the son of John and Kristi Kretzmeier and seeks to study Ag Sales and Marketing at Illinois Central College this fall.
Olivia Mangan of Fremont, MI- Olivia is the daughter of Amy Smith and will attend Michigan State University to study plant and soil science.
Mackenzi Milner of Rockville, Ind. — Mackenzi is the daughter of Randy and Tamera Milner and will be attending Purdue University this fall.
John Schuler of Roann, Ind. — John is the son of Mike and Andrea Schuler and will study Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University this fall.
Ellie Sennett of Waynetown, Ind. — Ellie is the daughter of Lance and Margaret Sennett and will attend Lake Land College and pursue an agriculture degree.
Victoria Templin of Converse, Ind. — Victoria is the daughter of Tim and Teresa Templin and plans to attend Butler University to study pre-med.
Emma Willis of Sullivan, Ind. — Emma is the daughter of Pete and Reetta Willis and will head to Purdue University in the fall to study veterinary medicine.
— Ceres Solutions