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MKC Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients


MKC is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 scholarship program. Ten high school seniors and nine college students have been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Since 2008, a total of $64,000 has been award through the MKC Scholarship Program.

This year, more than 100 high school students and 45 college students submitted applications. Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic achievements, leadership, honors, and school and community activities. Along with the application, students were asked to submit an essay addressing the value of the cooperative system.

Students who received the scholarship addressed key aspects of the cooperative system such as how it benefits producers, what belonging to a cooperative system means to the producer and how co-ops create a community environment among the local producers and employees.

One recipient wrote “For communities, having local businesses strengthens the sense of unity and the local economy. In today’s world, small communities are run through local businesses and jobs. Cooperatives are important not only because they serve the farmer but because they serve others in the community.”

High school students awarded scholarships are: Catelyn Richards, Ell-Saline High School; Rachel Bellar, West Elk High; Katelyn Bohnenblust, Clay Center Community High; McKenzie Becker, McPherson High School; Jacob Grinstead, Buhler High school; Dillon Engellan, Buhler High School; Emily Smyres, Little River High school; Jessica DeWeese, Skyline High School; Taylor Goering, Haven Virtual Academy; and Laura Krueger, Lebo High

College students awarded scholarships are: Taylor DeWeese, Kansas State University; Justin Schmutz, Kansas State University; Jeffrey Hadachek, Kansas State University; Grace Hammer, Kansas State University; Karly Frederick, Kansas State University; Linda Bilberry Kansas State University; Shaylee Arpin, Kansas State University; spencer Yenni, Kansas State University; and Samantha L’Ecuyer, Kansas State University

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