Farm Credit IL Awards $83,000 in Scholarships & Grants
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:04:45 CDT
Farm Credit Illinois named 29 high school seniors as agriculture scholarship recipients and awarded 50 community improvement grants to FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in central and southern Illinois.
A total of $58,000 in scholarships was awarded to high school seniors pursuing agriculture-related majors and careers. Each of the 29 recipients received a $2,000 agriculture scholarship.
Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career.
“Farm Credit Illinois scholars represent tomorrow’s agricultural leaders,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “Investing in their education today – on behalf of our cooperative members – will help positively shape the future of the industry and Rural America.”
The following local students were selected to receive a 2021 Farm Credit agriculture scholarship:
-Jordyn Gerlach of Waggoner (Montgomery County) will graduate from Lincolnwood High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study animal sciences. Jordyn’s parents are Eric and Angie Gerlach.
-Charles Gum of Tallula (Menard County) will graduate from PORTA High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College to study agri-business management. Charles’ parents are Randy and Jennifer Gum.
-Meghan Hadden of Jacksonville (Morgan County) will graduate from Jacksonville High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College to study agricultural education. Meghan’s parents are Gary and Lisa Hadden.
-Addison Hortin of Decatur (Macon County) will graduate from Warrensburg-Latham High School and attend Wabash Valley College to study agriculture. Addison’s parents are Mike and Karyn Hortin.
-Luke Hubbert of Winchester (Scott County) will graduate from Winchester High School and attend John Wood Community College to study agronomy management. Luke’s parents are Matt and Jen Hubbert.
-Anthony Joiner of Carlinville (Macoupin County) will graduate from Carlinville High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College to study agri-business management. Anthony’s parents are Vicki and Greg Joiner II.
-Shana Lueking of Centralia (Clinton County) will graduate from Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School and attend Murray State University to study agriscience technology, with a focus on communications and public relations. Shana’s parents are Doug and Sheila Lueking.
-Isabella Murphy of Farmersville (Montgomery County) will graduate from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and attend the University of Missouri to study animal sciences. Isabella’s parents are Courtney and Molly Murphy.
-Molly Reed of Shipman (Macoupin County) will graduate from Southwestern High School and attend Western Illinois University to study agricultural business. Molly’s parents are Anthony and Kimberly Reed.
-Grace Rincker of Strasburg (Shelby County) will graduate from Stewardson-Strasburg High School and attend Lake Land College as an agricultural transfer. Grace’s parents are Doug and Marla Rincker.
-Patrick Wiemers of Alton (Madison County) will graduate from Marquette Catholic High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural and consumer economics. Patrick’s parents are Matt and Beth Wiemers.
-Ali Willenborg of Vandalia (Fayette County) will graduate from Vandalia Community High School and attend Murray State University to study agribusiness economics. Ali’s parents are Robert and Amy Willenborg.
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS
4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their communities with help from grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded $500 grants to 50 4-H clubs and FFA chapters to deliver projects that will make their local communities better places to live.
“FFA and 4-H members inspire Farm Credit each year by eagerlyserving their communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “We are grateful to team-up with youth organizations investing in the future of their hometowns.”
The 4-H club and FFA chapter grant recipients in the local area will complete the following projects:
-Old Ripley 4-H Club (Bond County): Plant flowers and construct raised beds at Old Ripley Church of Christ in Pocahontas
-Central FFA Chaper (Clinton County): Construct wooden flower pots for Aviston Parks
-Country Cousins 4-H Club (Effingham County): Construct all-weather resting bench for Effingham County Fairgrounds
-Teutopolis FFA Chapter (Effingham County): Greenhand Gardening – Create outdoor classroom at Teutopolis High School
-Carrollton FFA Chapter (Greene County): Color-up Carrollton – Grow and plant flowers around Carrollton town square
-Northwestern FFA Chapter (Macoupin County): Construct community food shack for residents of Palmyra
-New Douglas Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Madison County): Little Hands, Big Hearts – Beautify New Douglas Rec Plex
-Quercus Grove 4-H Club (Madison County): Plant community mission garden at St. John's Methodist Church
-Athens FFA Chapter (Menard County): Construct trellises for Athens Warriors Food Garden
-Creative Critters 4-H Club (Saint Clair County): Provide picnic table for Scheve Park in Mascoutah
-Shelby County Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Shelby County): Refresh community garden at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville
-Shelby Showstoppers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Spruce up Shelby County Fairgrounds show arena
Shelby Sparklers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Beautify Veterans' Memorial at Sigel Park
Projects may be delayed or subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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