As part of GreenStone Farm Credit Services' scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 21 recipients to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with the cost of higher education. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented more than $175,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students who plan to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.
"Providing these scholarships is a way to invest in the next generation of leaders, and GreenStone is proud to lend support to youth who have a passion for agriculture," says Dave Armstrong, president and CEO. "These students demonstrate a high level of leadership in school, community and agricultural activities, and will help sustain the industry's success."
This year's 21 scholarship awardees are Courtney Allen, Ithaca; Hannah Booms, Harbor Beach; Spencer Brown, St. Louis; Miriah Dershem, St. Johns; Jace Feldpausch, Fowler; Torey Fischer, Battle Creek; Elizabeth Fishler, Green Bay, Wis.; Meghan Goretski, Port Austin; Emma Gwidt, Pulaski, Wis.; Callie Halsey, Adrian; Jacob Irrer, St. Johns; Caitlin Lane, Scottville; Kelsie Letts, Marshall; Aaron Maust, Bay Port; Anthony Neitzke, Egg Harbor, Wis.; Keeley Pape, Palmyra; Taylor Paye, Casco, Wis.; Makenna Schwass, Scottville; Alyssa Seitz, Seymour, Wis.; Miles Wixom, Bloomingdale; and Madeline Zutz, Valders, Wis.
To be eligible, applicants must reside within GreenStone's territory, including Michigan and northeast Wisconsin, be a full-time high school graduating senior, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and plan to study an ag-related field. In addition, selected students demonstrate participation and leadership in school, community and agricultural activities.