Thirty-five students at Kansas colleges working toward degrees in disciplines that benefit agriculture and rural Kansas have been awarded scholarships for the 2014-15 school year by the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
This year's scholarships total $21,000, bringing the total awarded by the foundation over the past decade to more than $200,000.
"Developing leaders for tomorrow requires an investment in today's youth," says KFB Foundation Director Harry Watts.
The foundation awards four permanent, privately endowed scholarships: the DeWitt Ahlerich Memorial Scholarship, the Godfrey and Emma Bahr-Miller Scholarship, the Lester Crandall Memorial Scholarship and the Frank and Helen Bernasek Memorial Scholarship.
Seven scholarships were awarded to juniors and seniors enrolled in Kansas State University's college of agriculture and majoring in a subject related to agriculture. Three KFB scholarships were awarded to juniors and seniors enrolled at Fort Hays State University.
Twenty-four Collegiate Farm Bureau members received scholarships for students attending a Kansas college with a Kansas Farm Bureau Collegiate chapter. One student received a scholarship to a technical college.
Recipients of $1,000 scholarships to Kansas State University include Brady Rundel, Thomas County; Katelyn Vincent, Bourbon County; Elizabeth Wilk, Osage County and Nicholas Wineinger, Lincoln County.
Winners of $1,000 scholarships to Fort Hays State University are Ryan Kinsler, Kingman County and Austin Schweizer, Reno County.
Trae Venerable of Johnson County was awarded a $500 to technical school, while KSU student Regan Kays, Crawford County received the $500 DeWitt Ahlerich Memorial Scholarship. The $500 Godfrey and Emma Bahr-Miller went to Lindy McKinney of Kiowa County while KSU student Ty Nienke, Ellsworth County was awarded the $500 Lester Crandall Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 Frank and Helen Bernasek Memorial Scholarship was awarded to KSU student Lindsay Bulk of Riley Riley County.
In addition, local colleges awarded 24 $500 scholarships to students attending those colleges next year.
Allen County Community College gave scholarships to MaKayla LaRue of Neosho County, Trint Peine of Anderson County, and Reid Shipman of Riley County.
Cloud County CC scholarships went to Michelle Allen of Smith County and Ellen Revell of Pottawatomie County. Kassie Spalding of Rock Port, Mo., received a scholarship from Colby CC while Dodge City CC presented a scholarship to Garrett Stefan of Clark County.
Garden City CC's $500 scholarship went to Skyler Glenn of Finney County while Hutchinson CC awarded scolarships to Grace Hammer of Wallace County, Jill Holcomb of Reno County, Ryan Kinsley of Kingman County and Cami Roth of Rice County. Seward County CC awarded its scholarship to Michael Schmidt of Thomas County.
Eleven students were awarded $500 scholarships to Kansas State University. They are Nicole Armbrister, Rooks County; Hannah Anderson, Marion County; Dalton Hodgkinson, Pratt County; Garrett Kays, Cherokee County; Ashley Lorence, Smith County; Andrea Mattas, Ellsworth County; Paige McFarland, Franklin County; Jackie Neville, Sedgwick County; Cody O'Brien, Montgomery County; Ira Parsons, Leavenworth County and Michaela Simmelink, Osborne County.