Eight Kansas high school seniors will receive help paying for college with scholarships awarded by the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.
This year's winners are: Jacob Allen, Easton, who will study Biological & Ag Engineering at Kansas State University; Andrew Flax, Brownell, who will study Agriculture at Fort Hays State University; Matthew Haverkamp, Bern, who will study Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University; Jessica Johns, Johnson, who will study Ag Communications & Agribusiness at Kansas State University; Rayna Karst, Rush Center, who will study English at Emporia State University; Madison McClellan, Palco, who will study Business Management at Kansas State University; Ty Nienke, Lorraine, who will study Ag Education at Kansas State University; and Phillip Winter, Mt. Hope, who will study Agronomy & Ag Economics at Kansas State University.
More than 100 applications were received and considered by an independent Scholarship Selection Committee made up of association members.
Each year, KGFA awards one $500 Dub & Inez Johnson Memorial scholarship and seven $1,000 KGFA scholarships.
KGFA also finances one $1,000 John Cranor Memorial scholarship, whose winner is selected by the Kansas State University Foundation.
The KGFA Board of Directors voted at their April 14 board meeting in Wichita to add an additional four $500 KGFA scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year, increasing the organization's total annual financial assistance from $8,500 to $10,500.
Founded in 1896, the Topeka-based KGFA is a voluntary non-profit, trade organization providing governmental representation, educational opportunities and a wide variety of other services to the vast and indispensable grain and feed marketing system. KGFA's 900 members include country elevators, sub-terminal and terminal elevators, feed manufacturers, flour mills, grain merchandisers and allied industries such as grain exchanges, equipment manufacturers, insurance firms and railroads. KGFA represents 98% of the federal or state licensed grain storage in the state of Kansas.