BELOIT, KS – As part of the Farmway commitment to its communities, Farmway has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships throughout north central Kansas since the program’s inception in 1972. It is with great honor that Farmway announces this year’s scholarships to such outstanding individuals.
Receiving an award for the Producer-Member scholarship of $1,000 each, this year’s scholarship recipients are as follows:
- Brenna Eilert graduates from St. John’s Catholic High School and will pursue a degree in business from Sterling College. Her parents are Brad and Vickie Eilert.
- Michaela Musselman graduates from Clay Center Community High School and will pursue a degree in Animal Sciences and Industry from Kansas State University. Her parents are Michael and Melanie Musselman.
- Sidney Odle graduates from Beloit High School and will pursue a degree in Grain Science and Industry from Kansas State University. Her parents are Dustin and Sharra Odle.
- Cassidy Brown graduates from Concordia High School and will pursue a degree in Fine Arts in Dance from Wichita State University. Her parents are Charity and Bill Brown.
Farmway Producer-Member Scholarship applicants each wrote an essay titled “Agriculture: The Cooperative Difference,” elaborating on the role of the cooperative business model in today’s agriculture industry, why it’s important and how it can continue to benefit farmer member-owners.
Receiving an award for the Ag Career scholarship of $1,000 is Eli Ohlde. Eli will pursue a degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University. His parents are Timothy and Debra Ohlde of Clyde.
Farmway Ag Career Scholarship applicants each wrote an essay titled “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations.” The theme presented an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry is rising to the challenge of feeding a growing population. Entrants wrote an essay focused on how today’s growers are overcoming challenges to provide a safe, stable food supply and sustain the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.
Receiving an award for the Farmway Employee-Student scholarship of $250 each, this year’s scholarship recipients are as follows:
- Tanner O’Bannon, daughter of Wes O’Bannon (and Cora Wiebke) from the Farmway administrative office. Tanner graduates from Lincoln Jr. Sr. High School and will pursue a degree in biology from the University of Kansas.
- Emilee Clemons, daughter of Larry (and Vicki) Clemons from the Farmway administrative office. Emilee graduates from homeschool and will pursue a degree in English from the Kansas State University.
- Reganne Barker, daughter of Rod (and Lora) Barker, from the Farmway Tipton facility. Reganne graduates from Tipton Catholic High School and will pursue General Business Management from McPherson College
“The scholarship recipients exemplify the heart and work ethic of rural Kansans we are proud to work with every day,” said Mallory Wittstruck, Farmway VP Communications and Member Services. “Farmway’s annual scholarship program is one of the many ways our cooperative supports future leaders, innovators, and spokespeople of agriculture.”
All members of Farmway Co-op and their graduating high school seniors planning for postsecondary education were eligible to apply for the Producer-Member awards. All Kansas students pursuing an agricultural career were eligible for the Ag Career award. Students of Farmway employees were eligible to apply for the Employee scholarship.
Ronald & Phyllis File Memorial Scholarship
The family of Ronald File of Beloit formed the Ronald and Phyllis File Memorial Scholarship in the fall of 2013 to commemorate the life of Ronald File and to continue his legacy of excellence and generosity posthumously. He was a strong supporter of the agriculture industry and saw the importance of assisting youth pursuing an agricultural career. Graduating high school seniors from the Beloit High School FFA Chapter pursuing an agricultural degree were eligible to apply.
With the assistance of Farmway hosting the scholarship, the family of Ronald and Phyllis File announce Brooke Vetter as the 2017 Ronald & Phyllis File Memorial Scholarship recipient. Brooke plans on studying Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.
“Congratulations again to all scholarship recipients! Farmway board members and employees all wish you the best,” Wittstruck said.