The Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. recently awarded three scholarships to students pursuing higher education. These students were selected based on leadership, civic engagement, academics and volunteer activities related to agriculture. Each student received a $750 scholarship.
Students also submitted essays detailing their educational and vocational plans for the future. Scholarship winners are required to have ties to the WCO – either as a member, relative of a member or employee of a member.
"The WCO Board understands that the foundation for the continued success of Wisconsin's agricultural economy depends on a well-educated workforce. The Board also recognizes the high-cost of additional education, so we offer three annual scholarships to support and develop the next generation of Wisconsin's agriculture." says Dr. Kevin Shinners, chair of the WCO Scholarship Committee and Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Winners of the 2014 WCO Scholarships include: Nathan O'Leary, from Brandon is a junior at University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in crops and soil science; Joseph Tauchen from Bonduel is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in dairy science; Kelsey Woldt from Brillion is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she is studying agricultural business.
Applications for the 2015 WCO scholarship are currently being accepted and are due May 1.
Interested students should visit www.wiscustomoperators.org/about_us/scholarships.php for more information including eligibility, criteria and application. New this year, WCO will offer three $1,000 scholarships.
WCO is an organization comprised of individuals throughout the state who derive their income in whole or part from providing custom farming services. To learn more about the Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. including membership and events, go to www.wiscustomoperators.org or email [email protected]
Source: Wisconsin Custom Operators