A total of 24 high school students have been named recipients of the 2012 Agricultural Scholarship from 1st Farm Credit Services.
1st Farm Credit Services awards the $1,000 scholarships to students who live in the association's territory. The scholarships support students who will attend a university, college or community college to pursue an agriculture degree or a degree that will contribute to the quality of rural life.
"These students are a prime example of how great Illinois agriculture is and what the future holds," 1st Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary J. Ash says. "Young adults who believe in promoting, cultivating and growing agriculture are essential to our communities and business. The future is bright and hopeful in the hands of these scholars."
The scholars are:
- Garrett L. Badtke of Mt. Carroll
- Kari Barry of Liberty
- Megan Bloemer of Bloomington
- Mary Carroll of Carthage
- Danielle Cooney of Deer Grove
- Lance M. Curtis of Prairie City
- Jill Ebens of Oregon
- Kirby Fecht of Carthage
- Mark Girone of Varna
- Kathryn Graf of Momence
- Austin Granby of Verona
- Abby Grisham of Lanark
- Jesse Hamerlinck of Reynolds
- Timothy Hartman of Fairbury
- Angela Hildebrandt of South Beloit
- Riley K. Jackson of Kewanee
- Michael J. Long of Big Rock
- Makaela Mason of Maquon
- Aubrey Molln of LaMoille
- Emily Plapp of Malta
- Justice Plummer of Chicago
- Kailyn Schultz of Gardner
- Braden D. Streitmatter of Elmwood
- Carlie Toepper of Magnolia
Recipients were selected from a pool of 140 applicants based on their future commitment to rural America, academic achievement, community activities and agriculture involvement. An independent panel of leaders in farming, agribusiness, youth and education judged the applications.
A banquet and formal presentation of the scholarships will be hosted by 1st Farm Credit Services for the students and their parents in June.