BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AgPR) — Fifteen agriculture students have been selected as the third class of recipients of the GROWMARK Foundation scholarship.
More than 140 students from across the United States and Ontario, Canada, applied for the award. Applications were evaluated by a panel of agribusiness professionals, and the funds are available for the fall 2019 semester.
“We are pleased to provide financial support to these fifteen outstanding students,” said Amy Bradford, GROWMARK Manager, Corporate Communications and Manager of the GROWMARK Foundation. “Their pursuit of higher education in agriculture will position them well to potentially become a part of the GROWMARK System in the future, whether that may be employment at GROWMARK or an FS member cooperative, or as a farmer-owner of their local cooperative.”
Scholarship recipients, in alphabetical order, are:
- McKenzie Carvalho, of Maxwell, California. She is the daughter of David and Mary Carvalho and is studying agribusiness and agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University.
- Conner Christian, of Newark, Illinois. He is the son of Jeremy and Jill Christian and is studying agriculture education at Joliet Junior College.
- Michelle Cooney, of Deer Grove, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tom and Joan Cooney and is studying agribusiness and agronomy management at Illinois State University.
- Tyler Ditchfield, of Ottawa, Illinois. He is the son of Thomas and Tiffany Ditchfield and is studying agricultural engineering at the University of Illinois.
- Shane Douglas, of Waterloo, Illinois. He is the son of Mike and Laura Douglas and is studying agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois.
- Rebecca Dwyer, of Eureka, Illinois. She is the daughter of Pat and Ann Dwyer and is studying agribusiness at Illinois State University.
- Abigayle Endress, of Pearl City, Illinois. She is the daughter of Brad and Shauna Endress and is studying agricultural leadership education at the University of Illinois.
- Ashley Hagenow, of Poynette, Wisconsin. She is the daughter of Robert and Lisa Hagenow and is studying agricultural communications and marketing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
- Rachel Lokai, of Urbana, Ohio. She is the daughter of Brent and Jill Lokai and is studying animal science at the Ohio State University.
- Kendall Lovejoy, of Archbold, Ohio. He is studying agribusiness at Grace College and Theological Seminary.
- Abbey Schiefelbein, of Kimball, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Don and Jennifer Schiefelbein and is studying food science and technology at Kansas State University.
- Jenna Straub, of Mahomet, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Straub and is studying agribusiness at Murray State University.
- Lynne Thomas, of Fallston, Maryland. She is the daughter of Charles and Anita Thomas and is studying agricultural and extension education at West Virginia University.
- Collin Weltzien, of Arcadia, Wisconsin. He is the son of Keith and Karen Weltzien and is studying agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
- Courtney Wiedenmann, of Coal Valley, Illinois. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Barbara Wiedenmann and is studying agricultural education at Oklahoma State University.
GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com.The GROWMARK Foundation was formally incorporated in 2005 and supports 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation is focused on programs and activities which support: the vitality of the industry of agriculture; agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture’s contributions to society and the economy; agricultural leadership development; and education about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business. The GROWMARK System has been involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts, including youth and young leader education and development and scholarships, for decades.