Jacqueline Clawson of Meade is the 2015 recipient of the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship.
The award, sponsored by the Kansas Growers Research Foundation, was established in 2009. It will award Clawson $500 per year toward her enrollment at Kansas State University, were she will pursue a degree in agricultural economics.
"It is an honor to be selected for this scholarship by leaders in the ag industry," said Clawson. "Having been raised on a farm and ranch, I have always had a love for the land and the rural way of life and have realized the importance of the agriculture industry. I am excited to start my career in this exciting and ever-changing industry."
Passion for ag
Clawson will graduate from Meade High School in May as one of the top members of her class. She was raised on her family's farm and ranch and has used the work ethic gained from her agricultural experiences to excel in community service projects and extra-curricular activities.
Clawson is involved in both the national and local levels of 4-H and has been a member of the National Honor Society, Kayette Club, Student Council, Key Club, choir, school musicals, tennis, cross country, track and cheerleading teams. These leadership positions, combined with her academic achievements and career objectives focused around the field of agriculture make Clawson a great representative of the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship.
"Jacqueline's passions for her community and agriculture have made her an excellent recipient of the scholarship," said Jordan Hildebrand, program assistant at Kansas Wheat. "We're proud to encourage high school students like Jacqueline to pursue a career in the wheat industry."
The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship was established through a fund in memory of Herbert W. Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb and the first president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. The history of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Wheat Commission is enriched with the memory and lasting leadership of Clutter and his family.
"Mr. Clutter's enthusiasm and leadership for the wheat industry serve as an excellent example for young adults as they take this next step in their lives," said Hildebrand. "We are honored to offer a scholarship in remembrance of Herb Clutter, and to share his passion for the industry and his community with future generations of wheat leaders."
Applicants for the annual Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship must be incoming freshman from Kansas who will be full-time students at any two or four-year, Kansas college or university. They should plan to pursue a career in the field of agriculture.
Next year's 2016 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship application will be available this fall and will be due Friday, February 26, 2016. Applications and additional information about the scholarship can be found on the Kansas Wheat website at kansaswheat.org.