The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is committed to developing the next generation of leaders in agriculture. As part of the foundation’s work centered on advancing agriculture education, it has awarded scholarships to six Colorado high school graduates. The Colorado students are among 100 students representing 23 states and Canada. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to cover expenses associated with their freshman year of college.
“The success of our hometown communities and rural America depends on students with a strong interest in agriculture to pursue ag-focused degrees and be the innovators to feed the world into the future,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize these students with scholarships and join their communities in looking forward to the important contributions they’ll make to the ag industry.”
These Illinois high school students are among the 2017 CHS scholarship winners:
- Joseph Birrittier, Waterloo, Ill.; Murray State University; Agriculture Education
- Mikayla Busby; Monticello, Ill; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Agriculture Science Education
- Payton Hallis, Benton, Ill.; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Animal Science
- Michelle Johnson, Stillman Valley, Ill.; Highland Community College; Animal Science
- Matthew Kadus, Chicago, Ill; University of Kentucky; Biosystems Engineering
- Nyla Maere, Bloomington, Ill.; Oklahoma State University; Animal Science
- Victoria Medernach, Arrowsmith, Ill.; Parkland College; Agriculture Education
- Abigail Mongan, Oregon, Ill.; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Agriculture and Consumer Economics
- Brittney Muschetto, Beecher, Ill.; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Agricultural Leadership and Science Education
- Zachary Perkins, Millbrook, Ill.; Joliet Junior College; Agriculture Business
- Colin Stark, Pontiac, Ill.; Iowa State University; Agronomy – Plant Science
- Katherine Stenger, Williamsfield, Ill.; Kansas State University; Animal Science
- Jessica Yaeger, DeKalb, Ill.; The Pennsylvania State University; Agricultural Sciences
An independent, external committee selected recipients based on their career goals, essays, extracurricular involvement, transcripts and reference letters. In addition to high school scholarships, the CHS Foundation funds an additional 200 scholarships for students enrolled in an agricultural-related program at colleges across the country. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are directly administered by more than 30 CHS partner schools. Click here for more information.
About the CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation supports organizations that develop future leaders for agriculture through education and leadership programs, improve agricultural safety and enhance community vitality in rural America. Learn more at chsinc.com/stewardship.