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The regional cooperative invests more than $41,000 annually in its scholarship program.

September 9, 2010

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Thirty-nine college students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be able to continue their education with help from the regional agricultural supply cooperative, Growmark. They are recipients of Growmark-sponsored scholarships aimed at promoting higher education in agriculture and business.


"Growmark invests more than $41,000 annually on scholarships. We're investing today for a return tomorrow," says Steve German, Growmark's university relations and member employment manager. "There's a need for agriculture businesses to support formal education to strengthen agriculture."


Growmark has been supporting college students with scholarships since the early 1960s. Today, they are awarded to students majoring in agriculture or accounting at 14 universities and colleges. Each educational institution is responsible for the selection process and awarding scholarships. University scholarship recipients are honored each year at Growmark's Annual Meeting in Chicago.


Students receiving scholarships are listed below:


Dordt College

  • James Korver, son of Bruce and Joann Korver of Maurice, Iowa, is majoring in general agriculture.


Illinois State University

  • Lucas Benning, son of Carl and Karen Benning of Shobonier, Ill., is majoring in agronomy management.

  • John Heiser, son of Jeff and Debbie Heiser of Byron, Ill., is majoring in agricultural education.

  • Michael Moore, son of Ronald and Deborah Moore of Roseville, Ill., is majoring in horticulture.

  • Rosalie Sanderson, daughter of Dan and Hattie Sanderson of Clare, Ill., is majoring in animal science industry management.

  • Kaylin Stoddard, daughter of Bruce and Carolyn Stoddard of Monticello, Ill., is majoring in accountancy.


Illinois Wesleyan University

  • Brittany Kiefer, daughter of Rich and Gale Kiefer of Gridley, Ill., is majoring in accounting.


Iowa State University

  • Jared Achen, son of Robert and Vickie Achen of Wayland, Iowa, is majoring in agricultural business.

  • Ashley Dermody, daughter of David and Laurie Dermody of Williamsburg, Iowa, is majoring in agronomy.

  • Jaymes Maciejewski, son of Dan and Peg Maciejewski of Princeton, Ill., is majoring in agricultural studies.

  • JaLynne Russell, daughter of Rob and Julie Russell of Prescott, Iowa, is majoring in agricultural business.

  • Alyssa Smith, daughter of Ned and Marcia Smith of Michigantown, Ind., is majoring in agricultural education.


Murray State University

  • Becky Mosbacher, daughter of Steven and Doris Mosbacher of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., is majoring in agribusiness.


Northwest Missouri State University

  • Chester Greub, son of Philip and Roxanne Greub of Gower, Mo., is majoring in agronomy and agribusiness.

  • Miranda VanPelt, daughter of Gary and Carla VanPelt of Guilford, Mo., is majoring in agribusiness and accounting.

  • Trinity Weatherman, son of Ron Weatherman and Suzanna deBeaca of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Gary and Linda Grady of Ankeny, Iowa, is majoring in agribusiness.


Pennsylvania State University

  • Bradley Dressler, son of Herb and Linda Dressler of Selinsgrove, Pa., is majoring in agricultural systems management.

  • Maria Ferrese, daughter of Joe and Amy Ferrese of Mars, Pa., is majoring in agribusiness management.


Purdue University

  • Kayla Culp, daughter of Kendell and Tammy Culp of Rensselaer, Ind., is majoring in agricultural economics.


Southern Illinois University

  • Christy Ford, daughter of J.L. and Angie Ford of Greenfield, Ill., is majoring in general agriculture.

  • Kelsey Graber, daughter of John and Julie Graber of Heyworth, Ill., is majoring in agribusiness economics.

  • Bobbi Jean Petet, daughter of Robert Petet of Fairfield, Ill., and Debbie Petet of McLeansboro, Ill., is majoring in plant and soil science.

  • Jordon Ridgely, son of Jan and Lisa Ridgely of Olney, Ill., is majoring in agribusiness economics.

  • Derek Weiler, son of Bill and Debbie Weiler of Claremont, Ill., is majoring in agribusiness economics.


University of Illinois

  • Cassie Becker, daughter of Steve and Amy Becker of Carlyle, Ill., is majoring in agricultural communications.

  • Hayley Bunselmeyer, daughter of Bob and Sue Bunselmeyer of Decatur, Ill., is majoring in crop sciences.

  • Travis Huisinga, son of Roger and Barbara Huisinga of Mansfield, Ill., is majoring in agricultural and consumer economics.

  • Carrie Kuhns, daughter of Ervin and Nancy Kuhns of Sullivan, Ill., is majoring in agricultural leadership education.

  • David Marburger, son of Edward and Christina Marburger of Mount Olive, Ill., is majoring in crop sciences.

Amelia Martens, daughter of Patrick and Annette Martens of Orion, Ill., is majoring in agricultural communications. She is the recipient of the Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship.  GROWMARK sponsors the scholarship to honor Melvin E. Sims, president of GROWMARK, Inc. from 1959-1980.

Brad Pilcher, son of Mike and Mary Jo Pilcher of Paxton, Ill., is majoring in agricultural sales and marketing. He is the recipient of the Herndon Scholarship, established to honor Fred E. Herndon, president of a GROWMARK predecessor company from 1931-1959.


University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Anna Bethmann, daughter of John and Nan Bethmann of Colfax, Wis., is majoring in life sciences communication.


University of Wisconsin – Platteville

  • Christopher Flikkema, son of Alan and Rosemary Flikkema of Lanark, Ill., is majoring in agricultural business.

  • Jacquelyn Seelow, daughter of Alan and Pam Seelow of Chaseburg, Wis., is majoring in animal science.

  • Ashley Veldhuizen, daughter of Vern and Alice Veldhuizen of Richmond, Ill., is majoring in agricultural education.

University of Wisconsin – River Falls

  • Jason Keck, son of Brian and Jodi Keck of Owatonna, Minn., is majoring in crop and soil sciences.


Western Illinois University

  • Ross Fogle, son of David and Leanne Fogle of Congerville, Ill., is majoring in agronomy.

  • Jordan Haney, son of Jeff and Cheri Haney of Winchester, Ill., is majoring in agriculture business.

  • Mellisa Herwig, daughter of Tim and Kelly Henert of Franklin Grove, Ill., is majoring in animal sciences.

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